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20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate succession

Breakout / Working Group
in deutscher Sprache

Corporate succession is a central, strategic task for every business – be it the transition from one CEO to another or that of one generation to another. How can the transfer be successfully organised? What differences are there between management and family-led businesses?

Member, Management Board, REWE International AG, Wiener Neustadt
Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf
Chairman of the Board, Berndorf AG, Berndorf
Board Member, Berndorf AG, Berndorf
Managing Director, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna Chair

Mag. Marcel HARASZTI

Member, Management Board, REWE International AG, Wiener Neustadt

2001 Management Trainee, REWE International AG
2002 Vorstandsassistent, Eurobilla
2004 Chief Executive Officer, BILLA Ukraine
2007 Chief Executive Officer, BILLA Rumänien
2008 Chief Executive Officer, IKI Baltikum
2012-2016 Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung REWE Markt GmbH, Regionsleiter REWE Süd
seit 2017 Bereichsvorstand Vollsortiment Österreich, REWE International AG

Dkfm. Frank HENSEL

Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf

  Studium der Betriebswirtschaft
1988 Sales-Manager, Nestle AG Deutschland
1990 Vorstandsassistent (und andere Funktionen im Unternehmen), SPAR AG Hamburg
1996 Direktor (gesamtverantwortlich für den Bereich Supermarkt/Großhandel für alle Regionen Deutschlands), SPAR Handels AG Deutschland
1999 REWE Group im internationalen Bereich, REWE Zentral AG
2000 Geschäftsführer, REWE Ungarn
2002 Vorstandsmitglied, BILLA AG Österreich, zuständig für Italien und Vorsitz der Geschäftsführung für BILLA/Standa Italien
2005 Vorstandsmitglied, REWE Group Austria
2008 Vorstandsvorsitzender, REWE Group Austria
seit 2009 Generalbevollmächtigter, REWE Group und Vorstandsvorsitzender, REWE International AG


Chairman of the Board, Berndorf AG, Berndorf

1966 Matura Handelsakademie, Bregenz
1971 Mag. rer. soc. oec., Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Systems Engineer und Kundenberater, IBM Wien
1974 Controller, Leitung des Finanz- und Rechnungswesens, Spar Österreichische Warenhandels AG
1978 Geschäftsführer, Böhm Ges.m.b.H.
1986 Geschäftsführer, Berndorf Metallwaren Ges.m.b.H.
1988 Management-Buy-out, Miteigentümer und Vorstand der Berndorf AG
2008 Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates der Berndorf AG


Board Member, Berndorf AG, Berndorf

2000-2004 Etat Director, Ogilvy Interactive, Vienna
2005-2008 Maternity leave
since 2008 Managing Director, Romedius Management GmbH, Berndorf; Board Member, Berndorf Foundation
2010-2017 Management Board Member, Berndorf Industrieholding AG, Berndorf
since 2010 Member Supervisory Board, Berndorf Industrieholding AG, Berndorf

Mag. Christian GEHRER

Managing Director, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna

1989-1991 Fremdenverkehrskolleg des Bundes, Innsbruck
1991-1993 Accor Gruppe, Hotel Novotel Paris Les Halles, Paris
1993-1998 Studium der Internationalen Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck
1997 Auslandsstudienjahr, University of New South Wales, Sydney
1998-1999 TRIO Werbe und Public Relations GmbH, Innsbruck
2000-2005 Partner, Public Relations and Lobbying, Pleon Publico GmbH, Innsbruck
2005-2007 Geschäftsführer, Managementclub, Wien
seit 2005 Lektor, IMC - International Management Center, Krems
seit 2008 Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter, Gehrer Plötzeneder DDWS Corporate Advisors GmbH, Vienna

Economic Symposium

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08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:30OpeningPlenary
12:30 - 13:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Alex ‘Sandy’ PentlandPlenary
13:30 - 14:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
14:15 - 15:45Business 2050: Europe’s search for the competitive edgePlenary
16:30 - 18:00ecoplus and “So schmeckt Niederösterreich” Lower Austria EveningSocial
18:00 - 20:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


06:00 - 07:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:45 - 09:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
07:00 - 08:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague – friend or foe?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments – curse or blessing?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment – an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: “The power of we”: conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: It’s the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
11:30 - 13:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends – conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn’t it be better to break out of the prisoner’s dilemma altogether?Breakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
13:00 - 15:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
16:00 - 17:30Don’t confuse trying with doing!Plenary
17:00 - 18:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage – curse or blessing?Partner


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 08:30Alpbach Hike: resources – from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubPartner
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 09:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
09:45 - 10:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
14:30 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner