Find out more about our management: an overview of the supervisory board of Wienerberger AG.
The Wienerberger Managing Board
The managing board of Wienerberger AG makes strategic decisions and performs high-level functions. This team consists of three members: the managing director Heimo Scheuch is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the Wienerberger Group. The financial director Willy Van Riet is responsible for company finances. Solveig Menard-Galli, Chief Performance Officer, is responsible for the performance enhancement program and digitalization strategy of the Wienerberger Group.
Managing Director of Wienerberger AG, CEO
Appointed until the 1st April 2023
Heimo Scheuch (born 1966) took over the role of Wienerberger AG managing director in August 2009. Ever since then he has managed the development of the Wienerberger Group. Heimo Scheuch began his career with the company in 1996 as a management assistant. One year later he moved into a senior management role for TERCA Bricks in Belgium and in 1999 he would become their CEO. On 21 May 2001, Heimo Scheuch became a member of the managing board of Wienerberger AG.
Heimo Scheuch, an Austrian native, studied business and law in Vienna, Paris and London. In 1993, he completed his doctorate at the University of Vienna, becoming a Doctor of Law. He began his professional career with the Milan- and London-based law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon working in corporate finance.
Additional Management and Supervisory Roles:
- Managing Director of Wienerberger West European Holding GmbH
- Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vienna Stock Exchange AG and the CEESEG AG
- President of Construction Products Europe and Vice President of Cerame-Unie
Willy Van Riet
Member of the Wienerberger AG Managing Board, CFO
Appointed until 1st April 2022
CFO Willy Van Riet (born 1957) has been responsible for the financial control of the Wienerberger Group since April 2007. Van Riet has been active in the building materials sector since 1993. As CFO, he managed the initial public offering of TERCA Brick Industries and went on to lead the secondary public offering of Koramic Building Products in Belgium. Since 2001, he has been a part of the Wienerberger AG supervisory board and worked as CEO of the UK Wienerberger divisions until 2004.
Willy Van Riet, a Belgian native, studied Economics and completed a Master’s in Business Economics at the University of Gent. He began his professional career as a chartered accountant, following on from which he worked as a senior manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Belgium.
Additional Management and Supervisory Roles:
- Managing Director of Tondach Holding GmbH, WIBRA Clay Roof Tiles Holdings GmbH, Wienerberger Share Administration GmbH, Wienerberger Roof Holdings GmbH, Wienerberger Finance Service GmbH, Wienerberger Gamma Asset Management GmbH, Wienerberger Industrial Holdings Management GmbH, Wienerberger West European Holding GmbH and Wienerberger Finance Service B.V. (Netherlands)
- Supervisory Board Member of TONDACH Gleinstätten AG and Wienerberger BV (Netherlands)
- Vice President of Wienerberger NV (Belgium)
- Director of General Shale Brick Inc. (USA)
Member of the Wienerberger AG Managing Board, CPO
Appointed until 31st May 2022
Solveig Menard-Galli (born 1969) is responsible for the performance enhancement program and digitalization strategy of the Wienerberger Group since June 2019. She began her career with the company in 2016 as CFO of the Clay Building Materials Europe Division. Since 2018, she has been in charge of the Fast Forward program. The objective of the program is to generate an additional EUR 120 million in EBITDA between 2018 and 2020 through performance enhancement initiative.
Solveig Menard-Galli, an Austrian native, studied Business Administration and completed a Master's degree in controlling, strategic management, marketing and international management at the University of Klagenfurt, where she also taught as a freelance lecturer. She completed her studies at Fontainebleau (INSEAD) and in Hawaii, where she obtained a Certificate of International Management. She started her professional career with Brau Union, a member of the Heineken Group. In 2008, she moved on to the Heineken Group headquarters in Amsterdam and was appointed Finance Director for Heineken Netherlands in 2011. Afterwards she took over executive positions at L’Oréal Austria.
Wienerberger Supervisory Board
The supervisory board of Wienerberger AG consists of 11 members: 8 shareholder representatives, voted in at the AGM and 3 employee representatives delegated by the worker’s council. The supervisory board is independent. The business activities of the board are governed by Austrian law, the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, the Articles of Association, the procedural rules of the Supervisory Board and any internal guidelines.
Independent, born 1947, appointed until the 152nd AGM (2021), first elected: May 12, 2005
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electrocomponents plc
1965-1970 Studies in Economics at Oxford University, 1970-1973 Unilever P, 1973-1996 various senior positions at Redland plc; among others, Director responsible for the brick and roof tile business from 1988-1996, 1996-2000 CEO of Rugby Group plc, 2000-2006 CEO of George Wimpey plc, 2007-2012 Chairman of the Board of Directors of DS Smith plc
Independent, born 1955, appointed until the 152nd AGM (2021), first elected: May 19, 2017
Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee of Ophir Energy Plc, Uniper SE and Petrofac Limited, Member of the Advisory Committee of First Alpha Energy LLP
1975-1978 Studies in economics at the University of Liverpool, 1986-1988 MBA Program at the Cass Business School in London, 1978-1981 Chartered Accountant at Touche Ross & Co., 1981-1983 Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse Sa., 1983-1988 various positions at BOC Plc. (Internal Auditor, Finance Manager BOC Special Gases, Financial Controller BOC Health Care - Disposable Products Division), 1988-1994 various positions at Grand Metropolitan Plc (1988-1989 Commercial Director - Retail Enterprises Division, 1989-1991 Finance Director - European Restaurant Division, 1991-1994 Corporate Controller - Burger King Corporation), 1994-1997 Vice President at Walt Disney Company - The Disney Store Europe, 1997- 2000 Group Finance Director at London International Group Plc, 2000-2002 Group Finance Director at Morgan Crucible Plc, 2002-2016 Member of the Executive Board (CFO) and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at OMV AG
Caroline Grégoire Sainte Marie
Independent, born 1957, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 22, 2015
Chairwoman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit Committee of Groupama, Investor and Board Director of Calyos, Founding Member and President of DefInnov SAS, Senior Advisor of HIG European Capital, Member of the Supervisory Board and Member of the Nomination Committee of Elkem ASA, Member of the Corporate, Environmental and Social Responsibility Committee of Fnac Darty and Member of the Supervisory Board of Vinci Group.
1979 Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, 1980 graduation in Commercial Law in Paris, 1981-1984 Controller at Rank Xerox, 1984-1994 Roussel Uclaf S.A., 1994-1996 CFO at Albert Roussel Pharma GmbH, 1996-1997 Finance and IT Manager, CFO at Volkswagen France, 1997-1999 CFO and Member of the division’s Management Committee at Lafarge Speciality Products, 2000-2004 Senior Vice-President of Lafarge Cement Division, 2004-2006 CEO at Lafarge Germany and Lafarge Czech Republic, Member of the Board of the German Cement Association, 2007-2009 President and CEO at Tarmac France and Belgium, 2009-2011 President and CEO at FRANS BONHOMME
Independent, born 1959, appointed until the 153rd AGM (2022), first elected: June 14, 2018
Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Executive Committee of Clariant AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Member of the Audit Committee of Zeal Network SE, Member of the Supervisory Board of JM Holding GmbH& Co. KGaA and Member of the Supervisory Board of Renolit SE (a company of the JM Holding Group), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Caldic B.V.
1985: Degree in Business Administration from the Universities of Cologne and Mannheim,1985-1989: Arthur Andersen (Frankfurt/Chicago), 1989 tax advisor, 1990 certified public accountant; from 1991 Member of the Managing Board of SÜBA Freie Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG responsible for finance, controlling and foreign business; 1995 CFO of SÜBA Bau AG, 1998 CFO of Dyckerhoff AG, 2001 Member of the Board (COO) of Dyckerhoff AG and Chairman of the Managing Board of Dyckerhoff Zement GmbH; 2002 Chief Executive Officer of Dyckerhoff AG; 2004 Member of the Board and CFO of mg technologies ag (renamed Gea Group AG); 2006 Partner at One Equity Partners. Since 2012: Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), tax advisor, business consultant with a focus on M&A, financing and investment management
Independent, born 1956, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 13, 2011
Second Vice-Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Wiener Sozialdienste Förderung & Begleitung GmbH, Member of the Supervisory Boards of SPAR Holding AG and SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG and 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG, Member of the Shareholders’ Committee of Vamed Engineering GmbH, Member of the Presidents' Conference of Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz and Member of the Board of the Foundation Karlheinz und Agnes Essl Privatstiftung
1974-1980 Studies in business and law in Vienna, 1981-2010 Career in the Austrian banking industry; among other positions, Member of the Managing Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG from 2003-2008 and Member of the Managing Board of BAWAG P.S.K. from 2008-2010, 2011-2015 Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and Infrastructure at the Vienna University of Economics and Business
Independent, born 1948, appointed until the 153rd AGM (2022), first elected: May 16, 2014
Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Honorary Chairman of the Executive Committee of SOLVAY S.A., Chairman of the Board of KNDS, Honorary Member at ING Belgium, Chairman of the Board of several non-profit organizations
1966-1971 Studies in Commercial Engineering in Brussels, 1992 International Senior Management Program at Harvard Business School,1971-2012 Various senior positions at SOLVAY S.A.; among others, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee 2006-2012; 2008-2010 Chairman of CEFIC (European Federation of the Chemical Industry) and Chairman of ICCA (International Council of Chemical Associations), 2011-2015 Chairman of the Executive Board of EIFF (European Institute of Innovation and Technology Foundation)
Independent, born 1962, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 22, 2015
Position and board membership
Member of the Supervisory Board of KUKA AG, Member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Swiss Post Ltd. and Bedag Informatik AG, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Swisscontact Foundation, Member of the Industry Advisory Board of ETH Zurich/ Department of Mechanical Engineering
1987 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in Zurich, 1994 Ph.D. in Technical Sciences in Zurich, 1994-2001 Vice-President Swiss Air Flight Operations and Member of the Executive Committee, General Manager of SR Technics, 2002-2005 Vice-President Global Human Resources & Organization Development of F. Hofmann La Roche and Member of the Executive Committee of Roche Consumer Health, 2005-2008 CEO and Member of the Executive Committee of RUAG Group, 2009-2010 Group CEO of WIFAG-Polytype Holding, since 2011 Founder and Managing Partner of mmtec
Independent, born 1959, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 6, 2019
Founder and owner of Sinigual Consulting GmbH, Partner at Executive Interims Partner GmbH
1983 Degree in mechanical engineering in Vienna, 1984-1990 procurement and sales responsibility at Semperit AG Holding. Head of Material Management at Group level at RHI AG (formerly Veitsch-Radex), 1995-2002 various executive positions at Continental AG, from 2002 to 2017 various management positions and CEO Schindler Austria (2007-2010) and CEO Schindler Germany (2010-2013), 2017-2018 CEO Kalle Group
delegated for the first time: February 3, 2006
Chairman of the Employees’ Council at the Hennersdorf plant in Austria, Chairman of the Central Works Council of Wienerberger Österreich GmbH, the Group Works Council and the European Works Council of Wienerberger AG
delegated for the first time: July 2, 2002
Chairwoman of the Works Council and the Central Works Council of Wienerberger AG, Vice-Chairwoman of the Group Works Council
delegated for the first time: May 6, 2019
Vice-Chairman of the Group Works Council, Foreman and worker works council at Pipelife Austria GmbH & Co KG
Sustainability and Innovation Committee
Caroline Grégoire Sainte Marie (Chairwoman), Christian Jourquin, Myriam Meyer, Oswald Schmid, Gerhard Seban
Audit and Risk Committee
David Davies (Chairman), Caroline Grégoire Sainte Marie, Regina Prehofer, Oswald Schmid, Gerhard Seban
Peter Johnson (Chairman), Caroline Grégoire Sainte Marie, Peter Steiner, Christian Jourquin, David Davies. Gerhard Seban
Peter Steiner (Chairman), Peter Johnson, Myriam Meyer, Regina Prehofer, Gerhard Seban
As underlined during the 149th Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2018, the Supervisory Board of Wienerberger AG is committed to a transparent procedure of selecting candidates for the Supervisory Board in line with the highest possible standards of corporate governance. A structured process of succession planning is in place on the basis of a detailed profile, which is supported by a renowned external consultant company.