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Interim HR Manager

Work Experience

Personal Summary

Experienced HR Manager and lawyer, has deep knowledge in European labour law and employee relations, is used to work on board level, hands on approach, is an excellent recruiter, has deep experience in change and restructure

Career (overview)

2003 - Interim HR Manager and HR Consultant, self-employed

1990 – 2003 Kwizda Group, Vienna, Head of HR and Legal

1987 – 1989 RHI AG, Vienna, Company Lawyer

1983 – 1986 Steyr-Daimler-Puch, Vienna, Assistant to the Board of Directors

1982 – 1983 Trainee at the Court of Salzburg


University of Salzburg, doctorate in law, 1982

Languages German (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (communicational), Spanish (communicational), Polish (fluent), Russian (communicational), Italian (basic to communicational)

IT MS Office, SAP, Loga

Career (in detail)

2003 -
Interim HR Manager and independent recruiter, self-employed

Project samples:

Interim HR Manager, Global Draw, IT, Vienna, Austria,

Task: restructure

Interim European HR Manager, Fiberweb Corovin, Peine, Niedersachsen, Germany

Task: restructure

Interim HR Manager, Modine Austria,
Kottingbrunn, 500 employees, 60 Mio € sales, metal industry, 5 direct reports, US-supplier to the automotive industry

Tasks: change management, reorganisation

Interim HR Manager, Luvata Gailtal, Austria,
Kötschach-Mauthen, 250 employees, 50 Mio € sales, metal industry

Tasks: restructuring project: negotiations with works councils and unions, set-up of a redundancy program, set-up of a flexible work tool, implementation and realisation of program and tools

2007 - 2008
Interim Head of HR and Corporate Lawyer, Gourmet Group, Austria,
Vienna/St. Pölten, Austria, 130 Mio € sales, 1.600 employees, food industry, 12 direct reports

Tasks and goals:
· Management of the ongoing HR and legal business, in particular in recruiting, people development, compensation and benefits, budgeting and reporting, labour relations and labour law, legal issues (contracts, civil and commercial law, patents and trademarks, tribunals)
· Post merger integration of an acquired business unit (800 employees), into the group, set-up of an HR department for the entire, newly formed group
· Restructure following the merger

Interim HR Manager Luvata Steel, FIN
Pori/Leobersdorf, 3 bn € sales, 8.500 employees, steel industry

Tasks and goals:
· Shutdown of a plant at Leobersdorf, Austria, transfer of manufacturing and sale to Finland, USA and Germany
· Development of a redundancy programme for the plants's workforce, negotiations with unions, works councils and local public authorities, implementation of the redundancy programme
· Coaching of the Finnish management and board in regard to labour law and local regulations
· Communication management and PR, avoidance of a negative press
· Maintenance of a high productivity until the termination of production

Interim HR Manager, ICI Austria
Vienna, 50 Mio € sales, 120 employees, chemical industry

Duties and goals:
· set-up of a redundancy and rationalisation programme
· Realisation of a substantial cost reduction
· Sustainable reorganisation of ICI’s business in Austria

Interim HR Manager and Communication Manager, ICI UK
London, Vienna, 7 bn € sales, 20.000 employees, chemical industry

Duties and goals:
· Management of the HR issues in ICI’s divestment of its tile adhesives business to Henkel EEC in Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia
· Transfer of the workforce employed in the business to Henkel by individual negotiations and TUPE (ARD)
· Responsibility for the PR-activities in regard to the deal, avoidance of negative press

2003 –
Recruitment activities
Recruiting at Raiffeisen (bank), Phoenix (pharmaceutical wholesale), Knapp (automation), Pro-med (medical device), Nutricia-Pfrimmer (medical nutrition), Isovolta (plastics industry), Antiseptica (hygiene), ADG (software), transmed (logistics), Constantia (holding), Schmidgall (pharmaceuticals), Bombadier Rotax (engines), Deutz (engines) for many positions in sales, manufacturing, development and administration

1983 – 2003
Roles in employment:

1990 – 2003
Head of HR and Legal, Kwizda Group,
Vienna, Austria, sales of 750 mio €, 1.250 employees, chemical industry (pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical wholesale, pharmacies, cosmetics, drugstores, agrochemicals) 5 direct reports, 25 business units in Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, France, Hungary, Luxembourg)

General duties and goals:
· Set-up and lead of a stakeholder oriented HRM for the group
· Management of the groups legal matters

Key achievements:
· Establishment of an highly effective HR structure with centralised responsibility in Europe
· Continuous improvement of applied tools in recruitment, compensation & benefits, performance measurement and staff development
· Establishment of reliable HR reports and budgets
· Realisation of a consistent and deep change process in all aspects of HR
· Successful coaching and mentoring of management in realisation of its goals
· Successful management of 20 mergers and acquisition in regard to HR and law, including integration and restructure activities

1987 – 1989
Company Lawyer, Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG (RHI AG), Austria
Vienna, 200 Mio € sales, 2.000 employees, refractory materials industry

Tasks and goals:
· Management of the company’s legal matters in particular in regard to international civil and commercial law, real estate, M & A, licenses, environmental issues

· Successful realisation of many projects associated with environmental protection / emissions
· Legal management major acquisition projects
· Team leadership a restructuring project with McKinsey

1983 – 1986
Assistant to the Board, Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, Austria
Vienna, 1,5 bn sales, 16.000 employees, automotive industry

Member of the Corporate Restructuring Association Germany
Certified Task Manager of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce


University of Salzburg, studies of law and philosophy, degree in law, PhD

Numerous management trainings, trainings in HRM


Human Resources Management, restructure, troubleshooting, recruitment


german (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (good), Spanish (communicational), Polish (fluent), Russian (good)


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