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Wienerberger Management

Find out more about our management: an overview of the supervisory board of Wienerberger AG.

Wienerberger Management Wienerberger AG

The Wienerberger Managing Board

The managing board of Wienerberger AG makes strategic decisions and performs high-level functions. This team consists of four members: the managing director Heimo Scheuch is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the Wienerberger Group. The financial director Gerhard Hanke is responsible for company finances, Procurement, IT & Digitization and Performance Management. Solveig Menard-Galli, Chief Operating Officer WBS, is in charge of Wienerberger Building Solutions and Harald Schwarzmayr is the Chief Operating Officer for Wienerberger Piping Solutions.

Heimo Scheuch

Heimo Scheuch, CEO Wienerberger AG

Heimo Scheuch, CEO Wienerberger AG
Uwe Strasser

Managing Director of Wienerberger AG, CEO 
Appointed until 31st December 2025, born 1966

Heimo Scheuch is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the company. Thanks to his many years of industry and management experience and his strong focus on ESG, digitalization, innovation and growth, he has succeeded in leading the Group onto a successful growth course.

Heimo Scheuch is a truly international manager, having studied and worked in various countries. He obtained several university degrees in law and economics and began his professional career in corporate finance. Since he was appointed Group CEO on August 1, 2009, he has focused on implementing a set of strong corporate values within the organization. His international experience enabled him to develop Wienerberger into a leading provider of building material and infrastructure solutions. Speaking six languages and being in constant contact with customers, stakeholders and employees helped him to foster a strong local presence and encourage the need for transformation and innovation. 

Functions in material subsidiaries:

  • Managing Director of Wienerberger West European Holding GmbH

Other functions:

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wiener Börse AG
  • President of Association of Vienna Stock Exchange Issuers
  • Vice President Construction Materials Europe

Gerhard Hanke

Gerhard Hanke, CFO Wienerberger AG

Gerhard Hanke, CFO Wienerberger AG
Elke Mayr

Member of the Wienerberger AG Managing Board, CFO
Appointed until 29th February 2024, born 1971

Gerhard Hanke took over the position of Wienerberger AG Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 1st March 2021. He is responsible for company finances, Procurement, IT & Digitization and Performance Management.

Gerhard Hanke has successfully held a variety of leadership positions – very often combining responsibilities in Finance and Operations – in the Wienerberger Group for more than 20 years, most recently as COO Region East/Central of the Business Unit Wienerberger Building Solutions. As an experienced manager with excellent industry and financial know-how, he successfully implemented strategic growth projects and managed M&A transactions. Among other things, he was responsible for the integration of Tondach Gleinstätten into the Wienerberger Group. In addition, he has an excellent track record in building highly effective financial organizations. Before joining Wienerberger, the business economist worked for a leading international accounting firm.

Solveig Menard-Galli

Solveig Menard-Galli, COO WBS Wienerberger AG

Solveig Menard-Galli, COO WBS Wienerberger AG
Uwe Strasser

Member of the Wienerberger AG Managing Board, COO Wienerberger Building Solutions 
Appointed until 31st May 2022, born 1969

Solveig Menard-Galli has held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wienerberger Building Solutions (WBS) since July 2020. In her previous position of Chief Performance Officer (CPO) she was responsible for the Group’s performance-enhancing and digitalization measures. She was highly successful in implementing the Fast Forward program and the associated transformation process.

Solveig Menard-Galli studied economics and obtained a Master Degree in Controlling, Strategic Management, Marketing and International Management at the University of Klagenfurt, where she also held teaching assignments. She attended international study courses, e.g. at Fontainebleau (INSEAD) and in Hawaii, where she obtained a Certificate of International Management. She began her career with the Heineken Group and its subsidiaries, where she was appointed Finance Director of Heineken Netherlands in 2011. Subsequently, she assumed executive positions at L’Oreal Austria. Solveig Menard-Galli began her career with Wienerberger as CFO of the Clay Building Materials Europe Division.

Harald Schwarzmayr

Harald Schwarzmayr, COO WPS Wienerberger AG

Harald Schwarzmayr, COO WPS Wienerberger AG
Oleksii Zakharov

Member of the Wienerberger AG Managing Board, COO Wienerberger Piping Solutions
Appointed until 30th June 2023, born 1969

Harald Schwarzmayr was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wienerberger Piping Solutions (WPS) in July 2020. Harald Schwarzmayr is an experienced manager with excellent industry know-how. Since 1997, he has held various executive positions within the Wienerberger Group and implemented numerous strategic growth projects and M&A transactions in the course of his 23-year career. 

Harald Schwarzmayr was instrumental in developing Wienerberger UK into a leading provider of products and services for the entire building envelope and making the UK one of Wienerberger’s largest markets. In his capacity as CEO of Wienerberger Piping Solutions, which he has headed since 2018, he took important strategic steps in developing the Business Unit into one of the leading suppliers of piping systems in Europe. Thanks to his outstanding leadership skills, he succeeded in advancing operational and cultural improvements in a multinational environment. Before he joined Wienerberger, the graduate in mechanical engineering worked as a management consultant.

Wienerberger Supervisory Board

The supervisory board of Wienerberger AG consists of 10 members: 7 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.

Shareholder Representatives


Peter Steiner
Chairman 
Independent, born 1959, appointed until the 153rd AGM (2022), first elected: June 14, 2018

Current functions
Member of the Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Nomination Committee of CLARIANT AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Zeal Network SE

Career 
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


Dr. Myriam Meyer
Vice-Chairwoman
Independent, born 1962, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 22, 2015

Current functions
Member of the Supervisory Board of KUKA AG, Member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, Member of the Board of Directors of 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

Career
1987 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, 1994 Ph.D. in Technical Sciences at ETH 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

 

Peter Johnson
Member of the Supervisory Board
Not independent since May 13, 2020 according to declaration of independence in terms of the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, born 1947, appointed until the 156th AGM (2025), first elected: May 12, 2005

Current functions
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electrocomponents plc until January 31, 2021

Career
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

 

David Davies
Member of the Supervisory Board

Independent, born 1955, appointed until the 156th AGM (2025), first elected: May 19, 2017

Current functions
Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee of Ophir Energy Plc, Member of the Advisory Committee of First Alpha Energy LLP

Career
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

 

Regina Prehofer
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1956, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 13, 2011

Current functions
First Vice-Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Wiener Sozialdienste Förderung & Begleitung GmbH (non-profit), Member of the Supervisory Boards of SPAR Holding AG and SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG and 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG, Member of the Board of the Foundation Karlheinz und Agnes Essl Privatstiftung, Council member aws for "venture-capital-initiative" and "aws capital guarantee Covid-19", Member of the Presidents' Conference of Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz, Member of the Shareholders’ Committee of Vamed Engineering GmbH, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Body of Wiener Gesundheitsverbund

Career
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

 

Oswald Schmid
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1959, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 6, 2019

Current functions
Founder and owner of Sinigual Consulting GmbH, CEO and Member of the Supervisory Board at Bekaert NV (as of March 2nd, 2021)
Career

1983 Degree in mechanical engineering in Vienna, 1984-1990 procurement and sales responsibility at Semperit AG Holding, 1990-1994 Head of Sales at Continental AG, 1994-1995 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

 

Kati ter Horst
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1968, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 4, 2021

Current functions
Board and Audit/Remuneration Committee member of Outokumpu since 2016; Board member of Finnish Forest Industries Federation since 2015; Chair and Board member of EURO-GRAPH asbl since 2015, Chair since 2020; Board member of Climate Leadership Coalition since 2019

Career
1992 Master of Science (Economics), University of Tampere, Finland; 1993 MBA (International Business), University of Oregon, USA; 1994-1996 Business analyst, Jaakko Pöyry Consulting, Singapore; 1996-2009 Several managerial positions in paper sales, The Netherlands; 2009-2010 Responsible for Stora Enso Publication Paper’s restructuring program to establish European customer service centres, the Netherlands; 2010-2014 Various Management Position within Stora Enso in Belgium and Finland; since 2014 Executive Vice President, Head of Stora Enso Paper, Finland; 2018 Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA

Employee Representative

Gerhard Seban
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

Claudia Schiroky
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

Wolfgang Wallner
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

Committees

Audit and Risk Committee
David Davies (Chairman), Regina Prehofer, Oswald Schmid, Gerhard Seban*

Nomination Committee
Peter Steiner (Chairman), Myriam Meyer, Peter Johnson, David Davies, Gerhard Seban*

Remuneration Committee
Peter Steiner (Chairman), Regina Prehofer, Peter Johnson, Gerhard Seban*

Sustainability and Innovation Committee
Myriam Meyer (Chairwoman), Kati ter Horst, Oswald Schmid, Gerhard Seban*

*Employee representative

Succession Planning

As underlined during the 150th Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2019, 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.

Further Information

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Business Areas

Goals

Strategy

Alois Miesbach and Heinrich Drasche with the traditional Wienerberger brick.

History

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