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20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate succession

Breakout / Working Group
german language

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

Mag. Marcel HARASZTI

Member of the 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
1971 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


Member of the Board, Berndorf AG, Berndorf

1997-2000 Karenzvertretung und Trainee, Berndorf AG
2000 Mag.phil., Übersetzer- und Dolmetscherausbildung, Universität Wien
2000-2004 Ogilvy & Mather
2005-2008 Karenz
seit 2008 Geschäftsführung, Romedius Management GmbH und Mitglied des Vorstands, Berndorf Privatstiftung
seit 2010 Mitglied des Vorstands, Berndorf Industrieholding AG und Mitglied des Aufsichtsrats, Berndorf AG
seit 2011 Mitglieg des Aufsichtsrats, Berndorf Immobilien AG

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
1993-1998 Studium der Internationalen Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck
1997 Auslandsstudienjahr, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australien
1998-1999 TRIO Werbe und Public Relations GmbH
2000-2005 Partner Pleon Publico Public Relations & Lobbying
2005-2007 Geschäftsführer Managementclub Österreich
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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10:00 - 12:30Charity Soccer Match - Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 15:30Conflict or cooperation? The human factor in the economyPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Alex 'Sandy' PentlandPlenary
15:30 - 16:15Meet the Speaker: Ernst FehrPlenary
16:15 - 17:45Business 2050: Europe's search for the competitive edgePlenary
18:30 - 20:00ecoplus and "So schmeckt Niederösterreich" Lower Austria EveningSocial
20:00 - 22:00The Alpbach Debate: globalisation and free tradePlenary


08:00 - 09:0017th management club Business BreakfastPartner
08:45 - 11:30Talk on the Mountain: Decide! Quickly! And correctly!Partner
09:00 - 10:30Artificial intelligence and the future of workPlenary
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 01: Basic income or welfare state?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 02: Low productivity growth despite the digital revolution? Lessons for EuropeBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 03: Competition boosts business. Cooperation spurs prices?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 04: The machine colleague - friend or foe?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 05: Climate protection & economy. (No) contradiction?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 06: Foreign direct investments - curse or blessing?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 07: Leadership in complex times: doing the splits between conflict and cooperationBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 08: Business location vs. intact environment - an irresolvable conflict?Breakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 09: "The power of we": conflict and cooperation between men and women in the economyBreakout
11:00 - 13:30Breakout Session 10: It's the innovation, stupid! How to become a successful entrepreneur in the digital ageBreakout
13:30 - 15:00Lunch ReceptionSocial
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 11: International trade: cooperation vs. autonomyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 12: The social partnership: There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend!Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 13: Talking climate: irritation and innovation engine for economy and societyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 14: Homo faber digitalis: the working (wo)man in the global digital marketBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 15: Cooperation vs. competition: economic policy in the EUBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 16: Trends and counter-trends - conflict and cooperation in the economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 17: Jailhouse rocks? Or wouldn't it be better to break out of the prisoner's dilemma altogether?Breakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 18: How the lack of IT and network security threatens the European digital economyBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 19: Conflict through cooperation: legal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chainsBreakout
15:00 - 17:30Breakout Session 20: There can only be one? Revisiting corporate successionBreakout
18:00 - 19:30Don't confuse trying with doing!Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Fireside Talk: Minimum wage - curse or blessing?Partner
22:00 - 00:00Magenta NightSocial


08:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: resources - from conflict potential to potential innovationPlenary
08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubPartner
08:30 - 09:30"Kater" BreakfastPartner
10:45 - 11:45We have learned nothing from the crisis!Plenary
11:45 - 12:30Conflict and cooperation in the social partnershipPlenary
16:30 - 20:00Economic DialoguePartner