STRABAG appoints new CEO

By Lewis Tyler11 May 2022

Strabag, the European technology group for construction services has announced the appointment of Klemens Haselsteiner as the company’s new CEO, a move that will bring further changes to the Management Board.

Klemens Haselsteiner will assume the role of CEO next year (Photo: STRABAG)

Haselsteiner, who has held a place on the Management Board since 2020 will assume the role from January 2023, when his predecessor Thomas Birtel steps down after a decade as CEO.

Klemens Haselsteiner said, “Assuming corporate responsibility is part of my DNA, so to speak. Our company has a long-term outlook, so we must not only think about today or tomorrow, but also about the day after tomorrow. My vision is to create a resilient, sustainable and innovative Strabag.”

Alfred Gusenbauer, chairman of the Supervisory Board added, “Klemens Haselsteiner has learned the construction business from the ground up, holding various positions within the group while formulating a clear strategic vision for the company.

“From the Supervisory Board’s point of view, he exactly fulfils the profile required for the CEO of an internationally successful, publicly listed corporation. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Thomas Birtel for his outstanding work.

“With his clear focus on risk management, he has made a significant contribution to improving profitability.”

Having held several positions within the company Haselsteiner has helped to establish the Digitalisation, Corporate Development and Innovation portfolio and has implemented a corporate-wide digitalisation and sustainability strategy.

Upon starting his new role next year, Haselsteiner will remain in charge of innovation and digitalisation. As a result, changes will be made to segments of the Management Board which will now consist of five people.

Alfred Watzl, currently in charge of the North + West segment, will take over the segment South + East from Peter Krammer

Peter Krammer will leave the group at the end of the year. This change is accompanied by the reclassification of Poland into the South + East segment

Jörg Rösler will lead the North + West segment, which includes the Germany market, as well as Benelux and Scandinavia. This segment will also be expanded to include Switzerland.

The segment International + Special Divisions will continue to be headed by Siegfried Wanker. Christian Harder has been confirmed in his position as Chief Financial Officer.

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