New CEO nominated at Strabag

The publicly listed Austrian developer’s current chief executive, Hans Peter Haselsteiner, at the end of last week announced his intention to resign – probably in June 2014 – and designated Thomas Birtel, who has been with the firm since 1996, as his successor.

At the end of last week, Hans Peter Haselsteiner indicated his intention of resigning as chief executive of Strabag, the publicly listed Austrian developer. He said his resignation would follow the annual general meeting that will vote on approval of management board actions for the 2013 financial year – most likely taking effect in June 2014.

As his successor, Haselsteiner will propose that the firm’s supervisory board select current management board member Thomas Birtel. “For me, he is the natural choice: he is young enough to dynamically lead the group, old enough to avoid risk which cannot be controlled, and thanks to his position as management spokesman for Strabag AG, Cologne, perfectly prepared to steer an even bigger ship,” said Haselsteiner in a statement.

Birtel had spells with German metals firm Kloeckner & Co and Swedish food logistics group Frigoscandia, where he was head of Central Europe, before joining Strabag in 1996 as a member of the management board of Strabag Hoch- und Ingenieurbau AG. In 2002 he was appointed a member of the management board of publicly listed Strabag AG, Cologne, with responsibility for building construction, finance, accounting, controlling, risk management and procurement. He has been a member of the Strabag management board since 2006.

It was also announced that deputy chief executive Fritz Oberlerchner will resign from the management board on 30 June 2012 in order to lead the Strabag 2013ff task force, which is evaluating Strabag’s options regarding its organisational and strategic future. The vacant role will not be filled, reducing Strabag’s management board from six members to five.