Who has changed jobs? Who was promoted?
The experienced Customer Relations, Marketing and Sales specialist and Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna (class of 2011), Valentina Perl has started a new position as Software Implementation Consultant at Lemax, joining a team of young professionals on a mission to transform the travel industry.
Evgenia Ostrovskaya, Professional MBA Marketing and Sales alumna (class of 2011), has many years of experience working in executive positions focusing on strategic business development, marketing & sales and project and process management; thereby using and developing her deep knowledge of information technology and telecommunication. Since March 2022, she is now Senior IoT Solution Specialist at Microsoft in Vienna.
After two decades in top management positions at internationally renowned companies, the Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2009) Stephan Kocher became CEO of his own company BridgeKo GmbH, a consulting business situated in Bern, Switzerland. BridgeKo is specialized in Business Development Defence, general management and crisis management.
Andreas Diendorfer, a current student of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation, joined the management team of TAmiRNA GmbH as COO. He is already leveraging his MBA knowledge, moving from a scientific/technical position into a management role. TAmiRNA, a biotech spinoff of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences works on micro-RNA based biomarkers, helping in diagnosis and treatment of age related diseases.
Elvira Czech, Professional MBA Health Care Management student (class of 2020) joined the Kuratorium Wiener Pensionisten Wohnhäuser as Head of Care Center / Homes Management in March 2022. She continues her successful career in the social, non-profit sector, helping people with special needs living a self-determined life.
After several years in leading positions in the technology field, the Global Executive MBA student (class of 2021) Christoph Fraiss has now taken up a new challenge as Head of Engineering at Aenova Group, site Wolfratshausen, one of the leading companies in the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.
The Global Executive MBA student (class of 2021) Rafael Oliveira is a passionate marketing, brand and innovation professional with many years of experience. After 11 years at Red Bull, he is now moving to the health-tech start-up world, joining Eight Sleep as Associate Director, Global Sports & Partner Marketing.
With more than 20 years of professional experience managing companies of various sizes, the Professional MBA Finance alumnus (class of 2018) Herbert Jung is an expert in business development, turnaround management and strategy. With November 2021, he has taken on the interims management of Sirocco GmbH (specialized in air, process, and heat engineering) as Business Development Manager and Sales Director New Business, as well as of Sinsoma (specialized in DNA/RNA Analysis) as optimization manager and consultant to the CEO.
Carlo Santangelo, Professional MBA Energy Management alumnus (class of 2013), is an experienced commercial lawyer with a demonstrated history of working internationally in the oil and gas industry. He has been working for the legal department of Austrian energy and chemical company OMV for several years. In April, he started as Head of Legal – Compression Division at HOERBIGER in Vienna.
With more than 17 years of experience on three different continents, the Executive MBA Bucharest alumnus (class of 2014) Andrei Vulpescu is an accomplished expert in financial management. In March 2022, he was promoted to Head of Finance at Siemens, Japan.
With more than 7 years of experience in the manufacturing industry of sustainable paper packaging at Hamburger Containerboard, Albrecht Miletzky, Professional MBA Project Management alumnus (class of 2017), joined ANDRITZ AG in April 2022, where he has taken on the responsibilities as the Head of Technology Paper & Board.
Tanja Spennlingwimmer is the new Business Unit Manager for Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and Deep Technologies at Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws). The graduate of the Professional MBA Finance (class of 2015), who is also a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria and at the University of Vienna, was previously Department Head of Investor and Location Management at Business Upper Austria, where she gained experience in innovation and investment management. In the future, she will use this experience at aws to accompany innovative companies and startups on their path to success.
Having worked in top management position on three different continents, the logistics and automotive industry expert and Global Executive MBA student (class of 2021) Holger Wilhelm has now switched into the HighTech sector, joining Kühne+Nagel Management AG, Switzerland, as Vice President, Business Development Strategic Customers High Tech.
After working for more than 5 years in Iran as a key account manager for Advantage Austria, Hamid Ketabian started the university course Marketing & Sales in 2020. Now he is working as Business Development Manager at ANC Legal Office & International Consulting in Vienna.
The Global Executive MBA graduate (class of 2010) Janos Filakovsky can look back at a very successful, international career in top management positions in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical sector. Besides being Director at the Semmelweis University Clinical Research Coordinating Center, he has joined Biomapas, Lithuania, as Non-Executive Director in February 2022.
After many professional stops across Europe and the Middle East, the Professional MBA Finance alumnus (class of 2019), Gleb Dyachov, has now joined Accenture in Vienna as a manager, where he is using his skills in Strategy and Consulting focusing on the Finance and Information Technology industry.
After 17 years in the insurance industry, Jennifer Isabella Schimanko, Global Executive MBA alumna (class of 2019) joined the young Austrian company Credi2 that builds and operates innovative digital finance solutions for banks, payment institutions and retailers. In her new role as Chief People & Strategy Officer she will oversee both HR and the company’s strategic corporate development.
Sara Tabar started her career in the field of marketing in Iran and came to Austria in 2017 to join the Professional MBA Marketing and Sales at the Executive Academy. By now she is not only a Ph.D. candidate in International Business at WU but also a Product Manager at Raiffeisen Bank International in Vienna.
Maria Semenchenko can look back on an impressive career in the finance industry. With the help of her Professional MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation (class of 2014) she continued her development in the IT technology area. In February 2022, she moved to the Netherlands to work as Senior Architect CS Infrastructure Management at the high-tech company ASML, one of the biggest players in the semiconductor sector.
Carlos Trejo, Professional MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation (class of 2018) alumnus, has gained many years of experience in the automotive industry and management consulting. Since January 2022, he is Technical Project Controller at Semperit.
With more than 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Professional MBA Marketing and Sales alumnus Panche Gelevski (class of 2019), has now become Managing Director of Replek AD Pharmaceuticals Wholesale.
After several years in top positions at Volkswagen and Porsche Holding, Christian Thaler, Professional MBA Finance alumnus (class of 2014), has returned to practise law and has joined PEHB Rechtsanwälte, one of Austria’s leading corporate law firms, as partner. He has always been an entrepreneurial inhouse lawyer who is a real "enabler" for his business partners. He will pursue this approach now as attorney at law for all clients of PEHB Rechtsanwälte. He is looking forward to empower his clients to establish and improve strong and successful business models within the legal framework.
After several years in senior management positions at renowned international companies, Executive MBA Bucharest alumna Ana-Maria Petecila (class of 2017) has now become Managing Director at DKV Mobility Romania.
After four years as commercial director of BMC Baumanagement Chmelar GmbH, Clemens Chmelar has been promoted to managing director of the company. The Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2019) heads a service provider in construction management now, which has been successful for 35 years. It provides comprehensive services for large prestige projects such as the Lufthansa Flight Training Center.
Global Executive MBA Alumna (Class of 2014) Marija Novakovic is an experienced top manager who can look back on many years in senior positions. The Regional Sales Manager at Hilti Austria has been promoted to Executive Board Member in Hilti Germany.
Shoshannah Ascione is a Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna (class of 2017) and has been with Mondi Group for almost 4 years. Having already worked for the international packaging and paper producer as Marketing Manager in Flexible Packaging and Engineered Materials, she has taken on the responsibilities as the business units' Customer Experience & Digital Communications Manager since August 2021.
Professional MBA Alumnus Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Class of 2015) Dr. Christian Kittel is an experienced researcher and manager who can look back on many years in senior positions in the biomedical industry. Since January 2022, he is Innovation Program Director at Royal DSM.
Professional MBA Finance alumnus Peter Toth (Class of 20013) was promoted to Senior Global Marketing Manager at Boston Consulting Group in Munich in December 2021.
Professional MBA Project Management alumnus Varvara Morozova (class of 2019) recently started working as a Program Manager for DOM.RF, a mortgage bank in Russia. She is now responsible for 10+ project portfolios in the field of digitalization of the housing sector.
Georg Hadl has worked for various global companies over the past 15 years. In November 2021, the Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class of 2019) returned to ANDRITZ, where he had already worked for many years until the end of 2018. He will assume the global leadership position of Director for Automation and Digitalization.
Filippo Turturici has worked in the energy industry for most of his career. The Professional MBA Energy Management alumnus (class of 2014) has now moved to the construction industry, where he has been Senior Engineer at Laing O'Rourke since August 2021, to follow up and help develop the projects of the British company in the nuclear sector.
Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2020) Franz Josef Utz was employed at KUKA for many years, most recently as Business Development Manager. In August 2021, he moved to the ATS Automation Group, where he has assumed responsibility as Director Sales Europe at ATS Industrial Automation.
Martina Olf-Meindl is a Professional MBA Health Care Management Alumna (Class of 2006). She has been employed by Merck Group for over 4 years as an Authorized Representative and Market Access & Governmental Affairs Director. Since June 2021 she is also Interim Director Business Unit Neurology & Immunology.
Wolfgang Leindecker is a Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class of 2008) and has been working in the IT industry for more than 20 years. In the last 2 years he gained board experience as CEO of TTTech Industrial Automation AG. Since July 2021, he has been able to apply this experience at Microsoft, where he is also a member of the Management Board as Director Solutions Sales.
Petra Ujmiakova has been with Cargill for nearly a decade. Starting as an HR Management Trainee, the Global Executive MBA Alumna (Class of 2021) worked her way up the career ladder. Since summer 2021, she has been EMEA CE Sales Enablement Leader at the American food and feed producer.
Astrid Valek has already taken on responsibility at various companies as both Head of Business Development and Head of Marketing. Since July 2021, the graduate of the certificate program Post Graduate Management (class of 2008) combines the experience gained at the international law firm CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, where she is Head of Business Development, Marketing and Communications for Austria and CEE. Foto © Ricarda Jost
Until recently, Gilbert Kratschmann was Marketing Manager at Kostad Steuerungsbau GmbH. After the short detour into the industry of electronics manufacturers, he now returned to the hotel industry. The graduate of the certificate program Marketing & Sales (class of 2017) has been General Manager of the Hotel Kaiserhof Wien since summer 2021. Photo © Georg Wilke
Sonja Lengauer was Deputy Head of Education and Society at the Federation of Austrian Industries and attended the Professional MBA Digital Transformation & Data Science at the WU Executive Academy, which she will complete this fall. Now she has taken another career step and started as Chief Business Owner Content as well as Head of Publishing and Training at Austrian Standards International in June 2021.
César Carmona is a Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2016). A trained technician, he joined Airbus in 2016 - first in Madrid and since 2017 in Munich. From Project Manager for Aero and Maritime Programs, he rose to Team Leader for Aerospace Security at Airbus CyberSecurity in June 2021.
Eva Mairhofer-Kraus, an expert for digital solutions in the business environment, completed her Professional MBA in Marketing and Sales at the WU Executive Academy in 2012. Professional stations at UNIQA, SAP and Microsoft finally led her to self-employment. Now, the board member of the Blockchain Initiative Austria association is taking off as Chief Executive Officer with Infinite Trust Digital GmbH since May 2021. Infinite Trust Digital offers innovative blockchain solutions to protect your most valuable digital assets.
Álmos Mikesy is a participant of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation and has already gained a lot of experience as a board member. The former Deputy CEO of Hiventures was Member of the Supervisory Board at Start Garancia Zrt until recently and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of HVCA. He is also Member of the Board of Trustees at the Hungarian Volunteer Sending Foundation. Since April 2021, he has been Deputy CEO and Member of the Board of Directors at Diófa Assest Management in Budapest.
Antonio Marques holds a Professional MBA degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (class of 2017). He has worked as a lecturer for “Innovation in Global Companies” himself at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and held the role of a Senior Business and Process Innovation Manager at Samsung Electronics, climbing the career ladder step by step in the company for many years. He later also moved on to A1 Digital. In July 2021 he was made Strategic Key Account Manager at Sony.
Professional MBA Project Management Alumna (Class of 2015) Alma Atic has been with the International Atomic Energy Agency for nearly 3 years. In June 2021, she assumed new responsibilities as Associate Accounting Officer.
Thomas Kaiser has been working for NetApp for almost nine years now, and every few years he continuously moves to more responsible positions. The PMBA graduate with a specialization in Executive Management and Change Management (class of 2008) started there as Director for Eastern Europe and Turkey, was later additionally responsible for other countries such as Russia & CIS, and most recently worked as Director Partner Led Area EMEA. Since July 2021, he has been promoted to Senior Director Partner Led Area EMEA. In this responsibility, Thomas is leading a Change & Transformation project to develop and implement a new, fully partner based, Go to Market Model for 70 countries in EMEA. Netapp is a "Global Cloud Led Data Centric Software Company".
Thomas Stubbings is a Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class of 2018) and has many years of experience in leadership positions. As Chairman of the Austrian Cybersecurity Platform, Managing Director of TS Management Consulting and Chief Executive Officer of CTS Cyber Trust Services GmbH, he has been moving in the cybersecurity space for a long time. As Associate Partner of InnovaticGroup he adds another rung to his career ladder in the digital sector.
After spending almost his entire professional career at Siemens, Diego Castellanos Torres has now climbed another rung on the career ladder. Since July 2021, he has been a project manager for rail vehicles at Siemens in Vienna. The Professional MBA Project Management Participant originally started working as an apprentice at Siemens in Colombia and then made a name for himself step by step and across continents over the years.
Burak Yildiran has worked in banks all his life and has held many positions at Garantie Bank - first in Romania and then also in Turkey. Back in Romania, the EMBA Bucharest alumnus (class of 2011) became COO of TotalSoft in 2018. Now, he has been CEO at Patria Bank since June 2021.
Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumna (Class of 2019) Valentina Moretti is a marketing all-rounder who has gained professional experience in many fields in the Pharma, OTC and FMCG industries. In 2020 she moved to AbeBooks, an Amazon company, as a Marketing Manager and is now Vendor Manager Books at Amazon since June 2021.
András Gyémánt worked as Sales Manager, Country Director and Global Executive in MedTech. He then changed industry and was Regional Manager in CEE/SEE at Gedore Group for the last 4 years. Now he returned to MedTech. Since May 2021 the Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2006) is Head of Sales at the startup Tec-Innovation GmbH.
Nina Zenz is a graduate of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation (class of 2014). After almost a decade at A1, she moved to Doka in the construction industry 3 years ago. In April 2021, she took over the responsibility as Head of Digital Service Development there.
Professional MBA Project Management Alumnus (Class of 2008) Evgheni Tirulnic is an experienced project manager in the IT industry. Based in Bucharest, he has worked as Software Developer, Technical Director and IT Manager, most recently as Project Manager at QQinfo. In April 2021, he moved to Modular Services Romania, where he took the position of Senior Database Administrator.
Jennifer Grubac has many years of international experience in EMEA and USA. The Global Executive MBA Alumna (Class of 2019) joined the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP in April 2021 as Internal Website Content Manager.
Stanislav Kubala completed his Professional MBA Finance in 2019 and has since worked as Insurance Audit Leader Central Europe at Deloitte. In May 2021, he started pursuing new career paths at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, where he is Head of Consolidation & Reporting.
A major career move was made by Alexander Vesely, who, after many years of experience in IT and business consulting, was most recently working as Sales Leader ServiceNow at DXC Technology. The Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2012) has now risen to Associate Director at Accenture. He will be leading the ServiceNow Business Group in Austria and Switzerland.
Vera Economou, who holds an MBA in Finance (class of 2018), has been with Raiffeisen International Bank in Vienna for nearly a decade. In this time, she has made many career moves - she started out as a Liquiditiy Risk Manager in 2011, worked as a Balance Sheet Risk Manager and became Senior Green Loan Portfolio Manager in 2019. The last position she had was Expert Corporate Product Manager. In May our alumna has been appointed to be ESG Group Competence Center lead.
Katha Häckel-Schinkinger was press officer in the cabinet of Federal Minister Rudolf Anschober until recently. In April, the Professional MBA Social Management alumna (Class of 2017) followed DI Dr.in Hildegard Aichberger as Head of Communications & Fundraising at Caritas Austria.
Global Executive MBA Alumnus (class of 2018) Justinas Basalykas is the founder of TaxLink Lithuania and also a lecturer at Vilnius University Business School. For the past year, he has been in the top management of Stanhope Financial Limited. He was COO/CFO there until recently and he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since May 2021.
Čedomir Pušica is a Professional MBA student and specializes in Marketing and Sales. He is a communication professional who has vast experience in copywriting as well as translation. In 2010 he founded Bel Translations in Serbia and in 2018 CP Communications in Italy (focused on e-commerce). He just started working as Costumer Marketing Manager for memoQ in May. memoQ is a translation technology company enabling single translators, teams and enterprises scale their business.
Jan Häupler is a self-employed consultant with Jan Häupler Consulting. Since Febrary 2021, the Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class of 2015) is also Director of Operations at FunderMax GmbH.
Sándor Hóbor has been with Mediso Medical Imaging Systems for more than a decade. Originally, the physicist started working there in his field of expertise. But even before his Professional MBA in Project Management (class 2017) he turned to project management. Since March 2021, he has moved up from working as a Business Development Manager to serving as Head of Sales and Customer Support Process Development | Regional Manager EMEA - Preclinical Imaging.
Walter Lackner is a graduate of the Professional MBA Finance (class of 2013). He was already employed by Erste Bank/ Erste Group during his studies. There he held various positions, most recently as Head of Group Corporate Workout Competence Center. Since March 2021 he has taken over the responsibility as Head of Restructuring RE & CEE.
Peter Vysny is Head of Sales CZ/HU/SK at OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH. The Professional MBA Energy Management Alumnus (class of 2013) is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Slovak Association of Petroleum Industry and Trade, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Emergency Oil Stocks Agency in Slovakia. Since March 2021, he serves as Managing Director of OMV Slovakia.
Claudio Srepel has worked in the energy industry for many years and in many countries - including Norway and most recently Italy. Recently, his career path led him to Austria: the Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (Class of 2017) moved to voestalpine High Performance Metals GmbH in March 2021, where he is COO of the newly formed Oil & Gas / Chemical Process Industry Platform business unit.
Zagorka Bozhinovska has just landed her dream job as Lead Business Analyst at Raiffeisen International Bank AG. Before, the PMBA Digital Transformation and Data Science student (2022) had been employed worked as Business Analyst in the Business intelligence Competency Center (BICC) at Sberbank Europe AG. The final kick-off for her successful application process was a mentoring chat she had when participating in WU EA´S “Making it in Austria” initiative.
Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class of 2008) Dietmar Wiesinger is an experienced top manager who can look back on many years in senior positions. The former member of the Managing Board of Kapsch CarrierCom AG moved to cloud software provider CELUM in March 2021, where he joins the management team as Chief Operating Officer.
Jose Carlos Faria Agrela is a Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (Class of 2018). After almost five years at Hitachi Vantara, he changed company. Since March 2021 he is Senior Sales Executive EMEA at the security technology provider Security & Safety Things GmbH.
Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumnus (Class of 2011) Thomas Moser started his career at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems as a Business Unit Manager. After holding various positions and serving as a Commercial Director, he moved to ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions in March 2021, where he is Vice President Yale and Smart Residential EMEA.
Anna Bukowiecki, Professional MBA Finance participant (class of 2019), has just made a career leap. After more than seven years at Bloomberg LP in London, where she progressed step by step from intern to business development and relationship manager, she joined Accenture in Vienna as a manager in April 2021.
Angela Hodits is the new ombudswoman of the General Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA). This department supports insured persons, patients and entrepreneurs and is open for their suggestions as well as complaints. The Professional MBA Health Care alumna (class of 2018) has already been working at AUVA for a decade. She first worked there as an assistant and then as an officer of the general management.
Catalina Otto is Executive MBA Bucharest alumna (class of 2014) and has taken another career step at Voith Hydro Europe. She started working for the company as a commercial project manager two years ago. For the last three months she has served as Business Manager to the CEO of Voith Hydro Europe. In March, she was promoted to Head of Business Development.
Oliver Felszeghy is a Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (Class of 2007). He is CFO & Head of Legal and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at TIPOS, the national lottery of Slovakia. Recently, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the CFO Society of Slovak Republic (CFO Club).
Global Executive MBA alumna (Class of 2019) Natallia Trubnikava can look back on a successful international career in Finance/Controlling and General administration at Continental. In her current role as Director Manufacturing Controlling Americas at Continental Tires Germany, she is responsible for the overall controlling of the production sites in North and South America.
After 7 years at Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG, where Robert Wallner has held various management positions, most recently responsible for risk management, the Master of Legal Studies alumnus (Class of 2017 joins Marchfelder Bank eG, where he is Deputy Chairman of the Management Board.
Stanislav Tyves is a Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (Class of 2015) and has been in the banking industry for many years. He worked at Raiffeisen Bank Russia for more than 11 years before moving to Board Member position (Chief Risk Officer) in Uralsib Bank in early 2018. He assumed responsibility there as Head of Retail in February 2021.
Executive MBA Bucharest alumna (class of 2018) Oana Filipescu leaves Bucharest and moves to Zurich. After 5 years as Director of the Business Transformation and Consulting Division at Société Générale, and soon after graduating the EMBA program in May 2020, she joined UBS in December 2020 where she works as Director for Business and Process Transformation Practice/ Group Internal Consulting.
With almost 15 years of experience in Orange, Adrian Matei joins the company’s Executive Committee as its Data, AI & Enterprise Solutions Director, starting February 2021. In his new role, the Executive MBA Bucharest alumnus (class of 2016) is leading and shaping the Data, AI/Analytics, Automation & Enterprise Solutions delivery strategy , at the heart of the company’s digital transformation journey in the pursuit of customer excellence, value creation, growth and operations efficiency.
The Professional MBA Finance alumnus (class of 2015) Dmitry Fialkovsky is an experienced venture capital and private equity professional with expertise in various areas like EnergyTech, GreenTech, Logistics, AR/VR and Corporate Digital Transformation. He worked as an Associate at RUSNANO (Russian Nanotechnology Initiative and Venture Fund) for 9 years and now holds a Principal position at New Industry Ventures, a corporate venture capital arm of Gazprom Neft, a leading Russian oil company. He is in charge of the full investment cycle - from origination to deal execution – and has 5-6 projects under way at each point of time. Under the open innovation approach Dmitry is constantly looking for venture investment opportunities worldwide and throughout a wide area of B2B and Industrial technologies.
Anna Tropsch, spent more than five years as Director of Business Development of Mentally Fit CIS supporting individuals as well as organizations to maximize their potential. Since the beginning of 2020, she has served as CEO of the company. The Professional MBA Project Management (class 2009) has taken on an additional area of responsibility as Director of Business Development for the Worldwide Business Alliance of Russian-speaking Women in the Netherlands since February 2021.
Werner Weingraber uses his 15 years of experience with data and technology also in his start-up: The alumnus of the Professional MBA Banking & Insurance (class of 2006) is a senior investment analyst in the Green Finance division at Raiffeisen Bank International AG and founder of the regional news portal daheim.in: He uses data and artificial intelligence to provide local news about Corona on the ground, where Austrians live, work, shop or soon want to go on vacation again.
During his Professional MBA Marketing & Sales (graduation 2020) Wolfgang Aichhorn was already in charge of sales at the plant & equipment manufacturer GIG Karasek GmbH. In January 2021, the sales & marketing divisions were reorganized for the future growth strategy and he took over the responsibility for them. With his team and global representatives he is now responsible for all the marketing activities, customer segmentation and acquisition, customer consulting, negotiation management up to the conclusion of contracts with industrial customers on an international level.
Matthias Bauer has been made head of "Assortment Coordination Food & Near Food" at Interspar and its subsidiary Maximarkt. He is in charge of the promotion and category management as well as the assortment of local and regional products. The Global Executive MBA alumnus (class of 2017) had already been responsible for assortment design at Interspar subsidiary Maximarkt since 2019.
New year, new job: Executive MBA Bucharest participant (Class of 2019) Andrei Nae moved from UniCredit Bank Romania to Prime Kapital Development at the turn of the year, where he works as Finance Manager now.
Julia Matzinger participated in the Master of Legal Studies 2017 and has been employed as a manager at Ernst & Young Global Consulting Services since the beginning of the year. In this position she manages various projects in the areas of controlling and financial reporting, strategic management and organizational change. In addition, she is responsible for the area Competence First at the Controller Institute as a project manager.
Georgi Kirilov has been with The AES Corporation for 14 years. He has been Asset Management Coordinator for the Eurasian region for the last 4 years. Since the beginning of 2021, the Professional MBA Energy Management alumnus (Class of 2016) is the new Global Norms, Standards & Systems Manager and as such responsible for ensuring that the company's global processes improve the future of energy by providing greener, smarter energy solutions the world needs.
As of March, Petra Keca Vidovic has started the role of Investor Relations Manager at Span in Croatia. Prior to that, the Professional MBA Finance alumna (class 2015) had been working for Agrokor as Mergers and Acquisitions Director.
Dennis Werner has been Vice President European Sales at Kronos International for 3 years already. The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (Class of 2012) expanded his area of responsibility at the beginning of the year and is now the Vice President Sales in charge of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Furthermore he is responsible for Global Marketing.
Gabriela Maria Straka, Director of Corporate Affairs & CSR sets a milestone in the century old history of HEINEKEN subsidiary Brau Union Austria as a pioneer: the passionate sustainability and communications expert becomes the first woman to join the management board in March. For more than eight years, the qualified beer sommelier and EMBA graduate 2003 has successfully managed the sustainability agenda and corporate communications of Brau Union Austria and has set new national and international standards.
Alexander Sysoev, a Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (Class of 2016), has been with Ericsson for almost 10 years. As Head of Telecom Core & Cloud in Northern & Central Europe he manages the core business across 18 countries. Since December 2020, he has also taken on the additional responsibilities of Managing Director for Ericsson Austria, being in charge of theentity's operations, profit, loss and strategy.
Katharina Radlinger-Köhler is Professional MBA Project Management alumna (class of 2017) and can look back on a long career at Novomatic. For 5 years, she was Head of the Project Management Office and Head of Product Line Management. In November 2020, she took over as new Functional Lead Project Management. In her new role, she is in charge of project management standards and the professionalization of project management in Research & Development.
Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (Class of 2018) Zoltan Zsamboki looks back on many years of valuable experience at Raiffeisen Group. In mid-2020, the finance expert left Vienna to join Hiventures in Budapest as investment director to launch the private equity activity at the firm which was the most active European Venture Capital company in 2020.
Mario Barunica has been with AD Plastik Group, one of the largest producers of plastic car parts in Eastern Europe, for almost 6 years. Until recently, the Professional MBA Project Management Alumnus (Class of 2018) was Industrialization Manager. At the beginning of 2021 he took over the role of Production Director.
Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (class 2018) Tomislav Šarlija moved to the automotive industry in summer 2020 after some time in the FMCG retail sector. In July, he was appointed new Head of Financial Reporting and Analysis at Tokić Ltd in Zagreb.
Toma Matei has already been with Ve Global for 5 years, where he took up a new position in November 2020. The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (Class of 2011) is the new Vice President of New Digital Technologies, a position where he drives business growth through new products and technologies and develops new market strategies.
After 10 years in Information Technology as Tech Lead in SW Product Development – BMW Diesel Projects at Robert BOSCH AT in Vienna, Austria and the successful completion of the Global Executive MBA (class 2018), Saurav Prakash moved back to his home country, India in 2019. Early 2020 he started to shift his career towards Investment Banking & Financial Advisory at BPA Consulting. He serves as a Consultant for the Investment Banking arm of the firm as well as Head of the Human Resource Department. His responsibility comprises all aspects of client engagement and transaction execution, including preparation of engagement materials, valuation analysis, structuring and advising. Seeing himself as a technocrat, he also serves for start-ups with focused areas on new technologies.
Dr. Priyanka Dutta-Passecker has been working as Corporate Sales and Business Development Director at Bioseutica for 3 years. Moreover, the Global Executive MBA Alumna (class 2017) is co-founder and board member of the WU EA Female Leaders Network. Since October 2020, she is also Co-Founder, CEO and member of the Board of Directors at Healiva SA.
Dmitry Osokin has been in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, to which he remains loyal in his new job. The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (class of 2007) moved from Takeda to Neuraxpharm, where he took over as new Country Manager in August 2020.
After nine years as a senior consultant at SynerGIS Informationssysteme GmbH and the successful completion of the PMBA Digital Transformation & Data Science (class 2018), Philip Glasner joined ZEISS. As Chief Data Management & Analytics Officer, he is responsible for Data Strategy, Data Governance and Data Science in the AT, CH & SEE region.
The Professional MBA Energy Management alumnus (class 2017) Christian Diendorfer, has won the OVE Energietechnik Award in November 2020 for his master thesis entitled "Investment decision making for blockchain applications in the energy sector using real options valuation and Bayesian learning". Every year, OVE Energietechnik awards the OVE Energietechnik Prize for young scientific and technical talents graduating from one of Austria's educational institutions. Congratuations on this great success!
Marinko Rade is CEO of the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Rovinj, Croatia. The Global Executive MBA alumnus (class 2019), who also works as a scientist, regularly publishes in renowned journals and has now been awarded the National Award for Science of the Republic of Croatia in the category "Scientific Discovery" - for his research in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with lower back pain and disc degeneration. Congratulations on this great achievement!
Although she has not yet completed her Professional MBA Marketing & Sales (class of 2019), Anna Geissler is ready for her next career move: After 6 years in the aerospace industry, she joined the team of AIYA Europe, operating in the food and beverage industry, in July 2020, working as an International Key Account Manager.
Fritz Ploier, Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumni (Class 2017), has taken over the responsibility for Human Resources & Organization at 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG within august. The 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG is among the leading property developers in the German-speaking countries with offices in Vienna, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Warsaw. Our company develops and exploits real estate projects with a value of currently more than over EUR 1.6 billion Euro. Fritz’s aim is, to further develop 6B47’s already existing innovative ways of working as well as to increase it’s employer value proposition as state of the art & innovative employer of choice as leading property developer.
The Professional MBA Project Management Alumnus (class 2017) Enrico Soranzo returns after almost 6 years to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, where the former Project Manager of iC Consulenten ZT GesmbH is researching and teaching as Assistant Professor. In his current research he is looking into the application of AI to geomechanics.
Christopher Krainer is leaving the consulting industry: the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumnus (class 2011) took over responsibility as Product Director Hardware at Zoomo in Sydney in September 2020.
Kristijan Kesinovic took up the challenge to pick up two new roles: After successfully leading Wellspect (Healthcare Unit of Dentsply Sirona) on a growth path with expansions to South Korea, Argentina and M&As in the United States, our Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumnus (class of 2014) has been assigned a new role as a Commercial Director for the MENA region AND becoming dad for the first time. While Kristijan is already brilliant in his professional life, the new role in his private life still seems to be very exhausting. Congratulations to both of your roles and to picking up the responsibility also in private life! Great example as dad AND leader.
The Global Executive MBA Alumnus (class 2017) Gusztav Iker is taking a new career step after more than 14 years with the Böllhoff Group. In August 2020, he became freelance Managing Partner at BdN Projects Hungary.
Hans-Peter Lacher is a graduate of the Diplom BetriebswirtIn Upgrade Program (class 2018-20). Since 2012 he worked for the former Salzburger Gebietskrankenkasse - now Österreichische Gesundheitskasse, Landesstelle Salzburg - in the field of communication & marketing. At the beginning of September 2020 he took over the new task of project and process manager.
Peter Wilfinger is a Global Executive MBA Alumnus (class of 2006) and Honorary Board Member of the WU Executive Alumni Club. As Director of New Business and Managing Director, he was responsible for sales, marketing and business development in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia at the leading manufacturer of automated storage and retrieval systems, Kardex Remstar. Since 1st of October 2020, his area of responsibility was extended to the countries Hungary & Romania.
Christoph Waldmüller is a participant of the Diplombetriebswirt-Upgrade (class 2018), which he enrolled after successful copletion of the certificate program Marketing & Sales (class 2016). He has been working for about a year at Erste Bank und Sparkasse, where he took over as a account manager for associations at the beginning of September 2020.
Anatoly Evdokimov has been with Indigo Capital Partners for 2 years. The Professional MBA Finance Alumnus (class of 2018) was an investment manager in this venture fund and became a Vice President in July 2020. He will be responsible for the sports tech and healthy foods related investments in the company.
Vitaly Berezka has been pursuing new career paths since July 2020. The Global Executive MBA graduate (class 2012), who is also a university lecturer at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, has been Russian Country Manager at Plan Radar - a prominent Austrian PropTech company - since July 2020.
Stefan Distlberger has been working for voestalpine in the Sales & Marketing area since 2015. After several positions in the group and the completion of the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation (class 2016), he has been promoted to Managing Director - CSO for several locations worldwide in the Diagnostic & Monitoring Technologies for Rolling Stock unit since April 1, 2020.
Langa Manqele has recently completed the Global Executive MBA (class 2019) and can immediately prove his skills: In May 2020 he was promoted to Head of Equities and Equity Derivatives at JSE.
Christian Diendorfer has been working as a Research Engineer at the Austrian Institute of Technology for 2 years. The Professional MBA Energy Management alumnus (class 2017) is member of the Future Energy Leaders (FEL-100) of the World Energy Council since summer 2020. To be part of this exclusive network means to be among the 100 most outstanding young practitioners in the energy ecosystem.
Philipp Bittinger is an alumnus of the Professional MBA Industry Enhancement (class 2014) and has spent many years in the financial industry. After more than 2 years as Senior Manager AML and Markets Compliance at Western Union, he joined Raiffeisen Bank International AG in July 2020, where he is Senior Compliance Officer.
The Global Executive MBA alumnus (class 2019) Fagan Naghiyev is taking over new responsibilities at Julius Baer, the leading Swiss wealth management group: after 5 years as Executive Director, Julius Baer Investment Advisory, RCEE, he recently became Executive Director, Head of Institutional Business, JB CIS - Russian, Central, and Eastern Europe.
The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumnus (class 2012) Artemy Seitz has been working for over 2 years at Linde AG as Global Procurement Manager. At the beginning, he was responsible for the Hardgoods division. A few months ago, he changed to Tanks & CES.
Daniela Jaeger-Bergaus doesn't waste any time with the next career move: The recent Global Executive MBA graduate (class 2019) is taking over new and challenging responsibilities at Borealis: After 5 years as Procurement Manager, she took over as new Head of Services in July 2020 and is now responsible for the group wide Procurement of Services.
Barbara Sladek is founder of myBioma. The Professional MBA Finance (class 2016) alumna was recently named Health Manager of the Month May/June 2020 by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO). Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!
The Professional MBA Project Management (class 2015) alumna Kateryna Kryvoshei has succeeded in starting a career in an international context after completing her MBA. After working as a Monitoring & Evaluation Expert at the Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, she joined the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. As Project Coordinator on Trade Policy, she contributed to the development of sectoral and cross-sectoral export strategies, among other things.
Thomas Beyer is Full Professor of Physics of Medical Imaging at the Medical University of Vienna, where he conducts research in the field of Quantitative and Hybrid Imaging. The Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumnus (class 2015) now employs his passion at the crossroads of technology and medicine as Co-Founder and CEO of Dedicaid GmbH, a startup that deals with AI-driven prediction models and applies modern technology to clinical decision support.
Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumnus (class 2009) Karim Ganady is moving from the telecommunications industry to the banking sector. After 3 years as Corporate Strategy & Innovation Lead at Magenta Telekom, he is new Head of Business Performance at ING since May 2020.
The Global Executive MBA alumnus (Class of 2013) Thomas Zwerger has been with Roche for over a decade. Since May 2020, he took over as new Head of Project Management, Roche Services & Solutions.
The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna (Class 2016) Alma Ribanovic decided to stay in the insurance industry. After more than 6 years at UNIQA International AG, she joined the GrECo Group in March 2020 as Group Practice Leader Affinity.
Mircea Preda has been with Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA for more than 2 years. The Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation alumnus (class 2015) climbed up the career ladder from Head of Department Unit 3 & 4 to Head of International Relations and EU Affairs in March 2020. Additionally, he has taken on board positions with Telekom Romania and NextGen Communications.
After more than 8 years in various marketing positions at Samsung Electronics, Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna Katrin Markowski joined the international power management company Eaton. In February 2020, she took up a new position within the company and is now Marketing Manager Systems & Services, Power Distribution Division.
Günter Handler seems to be successfully going his way as managing director: the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumnus (class 2014) took up his new challenge as managing director at Nordmann, with responsibility for the countries of the AT Group (AT, SK, HU, RO, BG, SLO and SRB), in January 2020. Prior to this, he already gained experience as a Managing Director and was most recently involved in the restructuring of Forstinger GmbH.
Florin Cosac, Executive MBA Bucharest alumnus (class 2016), has started the new year with a career move: The former Country Business Manager of Villager took over as General Manager of Norm Fasteners Romania in January 2020. Norm Fasteners Romania is part of Norm Civata Group which continues to be a leader and pioneer organization in the fasteners industry with its superior quality policy and wide product range.
Vladimir Vano, Global Executive MBA alumnus (Class 2010) was named Chief Economist of Mazars in Bratislava. Mazars is an international audit, accountancy, tax, legal and professional services group with 40,400 professionals in 91 countries and territories worldwide.
Daniela Dorner is pursuing a successful sales career at Mondi. The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna (Class 2016) has been with the global packaging and paper company for almost 8 years and took over as new Head of Strategic Channel Partners in January 2020.
Gabriela-Maria Straka completed her Global Executive MBA in 2003, is a certified beer sommeliere and has been Director of Corporate Affairs/ Communications & Sustainability at Brau Union Österreich for 7 years. Recently, in the course of a voting by numerous renowned Austrian business ad trade journalists, the magazine "Der Journalist" awarded her the title "Company Spokesperson of the Year 2019 in the FMCG industry”. Congratulations on this great achievement!
Following his stint as a member of Executive Committee at Africa’s second largest law firm, Webber Wentzel, being the founder of a management consultancy as well as a policy advisory boutique, and a total of 7 years in Johannesburg, South Africa, Global Executive MBA alumnus (`2008) Ignaz Füsgen has returned to Europe. On his quest for new challenges, he has joined Deloitte Legal’s Legal Management Consulting team as a Counsel in Düsseldorf in January 2020.
Only 2 months on the market and already nominee for the eAward 2020, an incredible success for Dr. Gabriele Lang (left), Global Executive MBA alumna (class 2002) and Barbara Joshua, CEO and CFO of the digital start-up UP'N'CHANGE. The expert jury of the eAward 2020 was impressed: "access to coaching and consulting for companies has never been so easy" - "a platform with a lot of potential - we wish you success". The WU Executive Academy also joins in the congratulations on this outstanding achievement.
Martin Tordsson is a Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus (class of 2011) and has been working in sales for quite some time. After having spent almost 10 years with the premium Norwegian children products brand Stokke, Martin joined Beckmann in June 2018. After spending more than a year as Sales Director Europe and North America for Beckmann AS, he took over as Global Sales Director for the Norwegian school bag manufacturer in December 2019.
Balázs Toldi, Global Executive MBA alumnus (class 2016), is an experienced finance expert. After 9 years at Budapest Bank Zrt. as Head of Commercial Bank, he returns to Citi, taking over as Head of Citi Commercial Bank at the beginning of 2020.
Die Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna (Klasse 2015) Katarina Stanisavljevic übernimmt seit Dezember 2019 Verantwortung im Top Management. Als neue Managing Director der Carat Austria GmbH führt sie die innovative Medien Agentur, die Teil des Dentsu Aegis Networks ist, ins neue Jahrzehnt.
Ivaylo Peev completed his Professional MBA Marketing & Sales in 2017. After working for MetLife for many years, he decided to watch out for a new professional challenge: as Country Manager at Next Level Fitness Clubs in Bulgaria.
Ines Knapic looks back on a long career at Raiffeisenbank. For more than 7 years, the Professional MBA Finance alumna (Class 2011) has been Head of Collections and Workout at Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Zagreb. Since November 2019, she has assumed new responsibilities at Raiffeisen Leasing as a Member of the Management Board.
In October 2019, the Professional MBA Finance alumnus (Class 2015) Cezary Baran decided to start his own business. Following his role as Vice President of the Board, CFO of Sklepy Komfort S.A., he is now Investment Director of Harvent Capital.
Thomas Perterer, Global Executive MBA alumnus (`2009), takes the next step on his career ladder: After 3 years as Director Cluster Western Germany at Lhoist, he was recently promoted to Vice President Operations within the international mining company.
After 6 years as Head of Data & Analytics, Global Executive MBA alumnus (Class of 2017) Lukas Skocek leaves KPMG Austria to take over the position of Vice President Data & Insights at Magenta Telekom in Vienna.
The Professional MBA Project Management alumnus (`2015) Obaid ur Rehman Malik climbs up the career ladder at Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH: After 2 years as Head of Corporate Portfolio and Projects, he now takes over as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Stefan Richter is a Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation alumnus (Class 2017) and has been with SMATRICS for almost 2 years. At the beginning of October 2019, he took over as Head of Product & Market Development after having previously been responsible for Business Development & Strategic Projects. His area takes responsibility for the agile and market-oriented development of products for charging solutions in the area of e-mobility.
Not only our alumni, but also our students are advancing their careers: the Professional MBA Project Management Student (Class of 2018) Florian Pertl left the MSD Sharp & Dohme GmbH, where he has been working as Senior Cost Engineer until September 2019. Now he took on new responsibilities as Project Development/Bid Manager at STRABAG AG.
For Sandeep Hölzl-Singh, Professional MBA Finance alumnus (Class of 2011), 2 milestones from private and professional life coincided. In June 2019, an important update of the Tagetik system was due, which hundreds of colleagues needed operational the next day. At the same time, his unborn daughter decided not to wait any longer: Only 3 hours after the last conference call, which gave the green light for the next steps, he held his daughter in his arms. Congratulations!
Michal Puskar is a Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumnus (Class of 2010) and has made a transition from finance to telecommunications. The former Head of IT Business Partners at VUB Banka has been IT Business Partnering and IT Delivery Senior Manager at Slovak Telekom since August 2019.
The Global Executive MBA Alumnus Gerhard Neuhold (Class 2018) has changed companies after many years with BearingPoint. In October 2019, he joined Microsoft as Senior Global Account Technology Strategist.
The Global Executive MBA Alumnus Werner Zeitlberger (Class 2015) was the past 7 years Director Strategy & Transformation at The Hackett Group. He joined Borealis in Vienna in October 2019 and is responsible for a global transformation project.
Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class 2001) Martin Zinner adds a new entry to his long list of leading positions. After more than 6 years as Chief Financial Officer for Waagner-Biro AG, he took over as Deputy CFO of Vamed Management und Service GmbH in August 2019.
Adela Mehic-Dzanic leaves Tele2 IoT after more than 5 years. In October 2019, the IoT specialist and Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumna (`2019) took over as new Head of CSP Segment at MAVOCO AG.
Adrian Vicovan is a Global Executive MBA Graduate (Class 2016) and Co-Founder, CEO and President of UIQT Inc. The company was represented at the World Aviation Festival in London in early September presenting its innovative service offering.
Lenka Cyprichova is a regular guest in our Career Moves: the Professional MBA Finance Alumna (`2018) joined Banca IMI in London at the beginning of the year, where she still works today in Structured Finance. In addition, as a founding member of a newly established CFA Society Slovakia, she became a Member of the Board of Directors and takes over the agenda of the Gender Diversity Director.
The Professional MBA Health Care Management Alumnus (`2018) Daniel Zimpfer took over the professorship for pediatric heart surgery at the Medical University of Vienna on September 1, 2019. There, he was already in charge of the pediatric heart surgery program at the Clinical Department.
Armin Rauschenberger can look back on a long career at Neuroth AG. The Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class 2018) has been with the hearing devices provider for more than 13 years and has held a variety of senior positions. In addition to his duties as Member of the Management Board, he took over as Head of Strategy in September 2019 and is responsible for the strategic process, strategy development and implementation.
When Camelia Stavarache completed her Professional MBA Marketing & Sales between 2014 and 2016, she held different positions at Vodafone: Product Marketing and Channel Manager and later Digital Commercial Lead. Since April 2019, she has been breaking new ground at Reckit Benckiser as Head of E-Commerce SEE.
The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna Angela Putylina (Class 2013) has moved to Gilead Sciences Russia. After 3 years with The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and a further 3 years with Celgene as Marketing/Product Manager, she has now taken on the position of Marketing Director at the American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company since March 2019.
After several years as Product & Area Sales Manager, the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumnus Florian Sturm (Class 2017) is well prepared for his new position as Head of Sales - Special Applications at Semperit AG.
International Advisory Board Member Martina Ernst decided to move into self-employment. The Global Executive MBA Alumna (class 2006) an former Head of Human Resources at Erste Bank was on Sabbatical until now - a phase in her life which she calls "Happy time off" - and is now starting her own consulting firm with exclusive focus on salary negotiations: SalaryNegotiations, Earn Your Worth. In her coachings and trainings, Martina is supporting female professionals and female leaders in their careers and accompanying them in every phase of their salary negotiations because she wants her clients to really earn their worth.
The Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumnus Bojan Petković (Class 2018) is heading from one top position to the next. Since April 2019, he has been Country Manager South and Eastern Europe at PlanRadar, a provider of cloud-based software as a service solution for the real estate industry.
The Professional MBA Project Management Alumna Diana Romo (Class 2017) moves on to a new industry: Previously Purchasing Specialist at Rockwell Automation, provider of industrial automation and IT, she now works as Sourcing Specialist for GE Healthcare in the Austrian healthcare sector for life science in the cell culture division.
The Global Executive MBA 2008 Alumnus Christoph Kaipel moved to the German rope and lifting specialist PFEIFER. Since the beginning of this year, he has been heading the globally active business unit “Natural Hazard Solutions”, based in their Swiss subsidiary.
Kaitlyn Chang is a Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumna (Class 2016) and COO at the creative agency Kobza and The Hungry Eyes - KTHE GmbH. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing - 10 of which were at Samsung as the Managing Director of Cheil Austria & Switzerland, a Samsung Group creative acency. Additionally, she has won numerous international creative and innovation awards. Recently, she was part of the expert jury at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, judging submissions in the Innovation category. Photo © Dina Lee
Irina Buzak, Professional MBA Marketing & Sales Alumna (Class 2015), moved last August from the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow to ImmoTrading GmbH in Vienna. Now she is responsible for the international real estate projects of the company, focusing on the UAE. Her previous experience in real estate includes positions at Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE and AFI Development.
Professional MBA Finance student and soon-to-be graduate Tihana Dumbovic remains loyal to the banking sector: After 3 years as Collection Manager for HETA Asset Resolution AG, she will take over new responsibilities as Director Real Estate Sales & Valuation at Addiko Bank AG as of June 2019.
Milan Vasilevski, who is currently in the middle of his Professional MBA Marketing & Sales studies, is experiencing some professional changes: Until April 2019, he was Partner Account Manager Adriatics and Hungary. Now he is responsible for a new region - as Distribution Account Manager for Eastern Europe and Turkey.
Friederike Skopek-Johnson completed the certificate program Health Care Management in 2017. She has already been able to gain and expand her experience in leading positions in several well-known institutions in the care sector, both in the extramural and intramural areas. In April 2019, she took over as new Director of Nursing at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit.
Thomas Gebhard, Global Executive MBA ('2018) alumnus, has been with Dr. Nagler & Company for several years. In April 2019, he was promoted from Senior Manager to Managing Director.
The Global Executive MBA (Class 2006) Alumna Timea Reicher was recently voted one of the most influential female top managers in Slovakia by Forbes magazine. As Retail Director and Member of the Board at Slovnaft, she took 2nd place in this year’s ranking, even improving her result by one place compared to the previous year.
Otto Kugler, Global Executive MBA alumnus (class 2007), can look back on a long management career, including top management positions at Ericsson and Deutsche Post. Besides his role as CEO at mils electronic, he became Managing Partner at i4-Guard GmbH in March 2019.
Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Class 2015) Alumnus Aleksandar Bogoevski takes the next step on his career ladder: Following his position as Head of IoT Business Development Europe at Nokia, he is now Director Global Solution Design Web&LE and Manufacturing at the global telecommunications company.
Birgit Oburger, Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumna (Class 2011) has been Head of Growth at KLAITON - the platform to find top business consultants & coaches. This April, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the company that recently changed the name to Haufe Advisory.
The Vice President of the WU Executive Academy International Advisory Board, Mae Hansen, has recently taken on new professional challenges: Starting in March 2019, the Global Executive MBA graduate (Class 2012) took over as Chief Transformation Officer and Member of the Management Board at the publicly traded company Baltika Group.
Helmut Forchtner can look back on a long track record at Siemens and adds another position to his list of responsible positions at the international company. The Global Executive MBA (`2008) Alumnus has recently been appointed Head of Engineering Metros.
Phillip C. Nell, professor at the Institute for International Business at WU Vienna and Academic Director of the Executive MBA Bucharest of the WU Executive Academy, took over as Academic Director of the CEMS Master in International Management Program of WU Vienna in March 2019. Congratulations!
Verena Riessberger completed her Global Executive MBA in 2009 and has been pursuing new career paths since February. After working for Microsoft, she is now Sales Director ERPM/HCM Central Europe at Oracle.
After 4 exciting years as CFO at the Mainstream Group, Aleksandar Nedeljkovic, Professional MBA Finance alumnus (class 2016), is moving back to the frontlines by taking over the position of the Chief Business Officer. His goals are spending more time focusing on clients across the Adriatic region and create value with intelligent utilization of data and IT systems.
The Executive MBA Bucharest Alumnus (Class 2016) Alexander Blazhev took the next step in his career at Aurubis AG at the beginning of this year. After almost 3 years as Regional Manager Recycling, he is now the new Commercial Director.
Vivek Sachdeva, Global Executive MBA (Class 2013), adds a new position to his career at Ericsson: after almost 4 years as Head of Company Control - Middle East & India, he took over as Vice President - Head of Finance, Middle East & Africa in February.
Until October 2018, Stefan Holzer was Regional Business Director at Medtronic. The Global Executive MBA Alumnus (Class 2006) has since taken over as Vice President International at AliveCor.
Starting in February this year, the Global Executive MBA alumnus (Class 2011) Witold Klajnert is up for new challenges: As Client Solutions Partner at Sabre Corporation he is in charge of new projects in Southlake, Texas.
The Professional MBA Finance alumna, Lenka Cyprichova, is relocating her career to London as part of the Intesa Sanpaolo International Talent Program. Since the start of the year, she is working as a Structured Finance Specialist at Banca IMI. For the past 12 years, Lenka had worked as Senior Corporate Sales Dealer, Head of Sales and Credit Risk Manager at VUB Banka in Bratislava and she completed her MBA in 2018 in Vienna.
Kai Siefert completed his Professional MBA Energy Management in 2015 and worked for OMV for many years. As of December 2018, he started a new position as IT Strategist at Wien Energie GmbH.
The Professional Banking MBA alumnus (2013) spent five challenging years in CEE HNWI Relationship management in Saxo Bank after graduation. In September 2018 Feliks Indenbaum made his important career leap to the position of Group Treasury Manager in JetBrains, one of the leading worldwide software developers.
The Global Executive MBA 2015 Alumna Rita Jakusch moved from HYPO NOE Landesbank für NÖ und Wien AG to HYPO NOE Immobilien in October 2018, where she is now Managing Director.
After a few challenging years as Head of Multinational Companies and Trade Finance Servicing Division at Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Kiev, Andreas Kettlgruber joined Group Corporate Business Strategy & Steering in Vienna in July 2018. Today, the Professional MBA Finance 2014 Alumnus is Head of Cross-Border Business Management at Raiffeisen Bank International AG.
Jolita Venckute graduated from Professional MBA Project and Process Management in 2013 and has been working in the insurance industry for over 12 years. In December 2018, she took over as project manager at Generali Versicherung.
The Global Executive MBA 2017 alumnus Andrej Fulgencio took over the position of Sales Director at Schoeller Bleckmann Edelstahlrohr GmbH in December 2018.
Daniel Wagner completed his Global Executive MBA in 2018 and immediately took the next step in his career: After working as Sales and Marketing Specialist for Erzdiözese Wien, he is now Head of Marketing & Innovation at Linde Verlag Ges.m.b.H. and Head of Marketing at Druckerei Jentzsch.
Belgacem Chriti, Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alumnus (2012), joined Helios Towers as Chief Executive Officer of Helios Towers Congo in February 2018. As a specialist in organisational change and business transformation, he puts in place the right adjustments that stemmed a better company positioning, clearly healthier financial results and an improvement of the network availability.
Professional MBA Marketing & Sales 2010 alumnus Rudolf Körber has decided to face new challenges in the new year: since January 2019 he took over as Head of Marketing & Sales at RIKA International.
Srdjan Drljaca completed the Professional MBA Project Management in 2016. After two years at IRIS Telecommunication GmbH, a company 100% owned by Nokia, he is now head of the Project Management Office at SPL Tele Group GmbH.
Since 19 October 2018, Professional MBA Public Auditing ´2009 Alumnus Günter Bauer, who has been teaching "Public Budget Accounting" in the MBA for several years, was awarded the honorary title "Honorar Professor (FH)". The award is given to selected personalities who have made a significant contribution to the FH Kärnten over a longer period of time.
Murat Ayberk has been HR-Director of MANZ'sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung GmbH until September 2018. The Global Executive MBA Alumnus `2006 has now started his own business as management consultant under the name of nG People Management Consulting. He focuses on Organisational Development & Change Management, Business-, Career- and Team Coaching, Executive & Professional Search.
Since 2016 the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation ‘2014 alumnus Radim Chval has been working for maihiro GmbH as a Senior Consultant in the area of SAP CRM. This summer he was appointed to the management team as Principal Consultant / Team Leader.
This July, the Warsaw Executive MBA alumnus Robert Lugowski took over, in addition to his many positions as Founder & Managing Partner Cobin Angels, the duties as a Board Member of EBAN – The European Business Angel Network. After a successful career in global tech corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Xerox and Atos, Robert moved to build his own business in the venture capital industry.
Things are happening in the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the WU Executive Academy! The Global Executive MBA `2006 Alumnus Dietmar Eder-Dianitsch assumes the role of President after almost 12 years as a member of IAB.
Mae Hansen completed her Global Executive MBA in 2013 and has been a member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the WU Executive Academy since then. Starting in November 2018, she is now heading the Advisory Board as Vice President - together with Dietmar Eder-Dianitsch, who was elected President.
After a year with Cetracore Energy, Anton Ananiev was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer. The Global Executive MBA ‘2017 alumnus was previously responsible for bank relations as Director - Corporate Finance.
Cezary Baran (Professional MBA Finance ‘2017) took up his new position as Vice President of the Board at Sklepy Komfort S.A. this September. Previously, he was CFO at Emperia Holding S.A. for more than five years.
Entrepreneur Harald Trautsch started his next chapter as CEO this April with the company goSmart Mobility GmbH. He is still Co-Founder and CEO of Dolphin Technologies GmbH, Blue Monkey GmbH, CrossFit Viertel Zwei, and everbill Inc. Harald successfully completed our Global Executive MBA in 2012.
Already during his Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation studies, Gerald Steiner took over the position of Head of the Department Managed Services of APA-IT Informations Technologie GmbH this year.
With his experience as a Business Developer, our Professional MBA Finance ‘2011 alumnus Stefan Greunz faced two new challenges this year. He took over the position as Advisor and Consultant for the companies DOMONDA and MOVEEFFECT.
The Global Executive MBA alumnus (Class ‘2011) Davorin Lempl made his career leap to Managing Director of Gorenje Vertriebs GmbH this summer. This international move brought him from Moscow, where he was the Finance Director of OOO Gorenje BT, to Munich.
Only a few months after her graduation, the Professional MBA Finance ‘2017 alumna Natalia Zlodyreva took over the position as Finance Director at SEPHORA Scandinavia (LVMH group) at the beginning of the year. Previously, she worked for LVMH Perfumes &Cosmetics (Russia & CIS) for more than four years as Head of Finance Control.
Our Executive MBA Bucharest ‘2008 graduate Laura Ionescu has been meeting the challenges as Marketing Manager at CTE Trailers in Bucharest since September.
Bogdan Matei graduated from our Professional MBA Marketing & Sales in 2013. This August he moved on to become the Head of Sales South-East Europe at VE Global.
Gabriela Marin joined Cris Tim this summer as its Human Resources Director next to her other positions as Managing Director (Masima Consulting Center SRL), Senior HR Consultant (ENVISO), and Franchise Owner (EPSN Workforce Group). She graduated in 2013 from our Executive MBA Bucharest.
Global Executive MBA alumnus Aleksey Ovinnikov took over a top position in Switzerland: He is now Chief Risk Officer and Executive Boad Member with Sberbank (Switzerland) AG and based in Zürich.
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