Who has changed jobs? Who was promoted?
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.
Dietmar Wiesinger completed his Global Executive MBA in 2009. After working for Microsoft and Playtech BGT Sports, among others, he started an impressive career at Kapsch CarrierCom AG since the beginning of the year: first as Head of Global Sales, since April now as COO and Member of the Executive Board.
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.
Professional MBA Marketing & Sales (Class 2016) Alumnus Alexander Sysoev expands his responsibilities at Ericsson. He is Head of Telecom Core & Cloud - since April not only for Central Europe, but now also for Northern Europe, and thus responsible for the Core & Cloud business in 17 countries and leading a tam of 200+ experts.
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.
Starting this year, the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales graduate Toma Matei (Class 2011) is facing new challenges as Senior Vice President CEE for VE Global.
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.
The 2013 Global Executive MBA alumnus Vitaly Berezka has been Managing Director of ARDEX Russia for 5 years. He has also been attending the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering since December 2018 - not as a student, but as a visiting lecturer! He teaches at the Department of Construction and Property Management.
After more than a decade at Samsung Electronics in marketing and market intelligence positions, Katrin Markowski joined Eaton. Today, the Professional MBA Marketing & Sales alumna 2018 is EMEA Marketing Manager Systems & Services for the Power Distribution Division, Electrical Sector.
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.
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.
The Global Executive Alumnus (Class 2007) Peter Wilfinger has been President of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the WU Executive Academy for 11 years. Now, he hands over to his Vice President, Dietmar Eder-Dianitsch. Thank you very much for your enthusiasm, your outstanding performance and your personal commitment!
After almost 3 years with the OSCE, Alma Atic returns to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Professional MBA Project Management '2017 Alumna has been Associate Finance Officer at the Vienna-based international Organization since October 2018.
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.
The Professional MBA Marketing & Sales ‘2014 alumnus Artem Seitz took over the position as Global Procurement Manager of Linde AG in March 2018. Prior to that, he was the Strategic Procurement Manager at Linde Welding GmbH.
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.
Thomas Moser took on the position of President Sectional Doors & Docking EMEA Entrematic Group at ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems in September 2018. He successfully completed our Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 2013.
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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