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31.07.2008

Resolutions passed by the Supervisory Board of Bank Austria: Changes in Bank Austria’s Management Board

  • Helmut Bernkopf appointed new Management Board Member in charge of corporate banking
  • Thomas Gross (CRO) withdraws from the Management Board at his own request
  • Contract of Robert Zadrazil (COO) as a Management Board Member to be extended

At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of Bank Austria passed resolutions making the following changes in the Management Board: Helmut Bernkopf, 41, is to become a Member of the Management Board with responsibility for corporate banking. Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Thomas Gross, 43, will leave the Management Board of Bank Austria at the end of October to pursue a new career opportunity in Germany. A decision as to who will succeed CRO Gross will be made in the autumn. The contract of Robert Zadrazil, Member of the Management Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO) responsible for Global Banking Services in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe, was extended. The appointment of Helmut Bernkopf is subject to confirmation by the Austrian Financial Market Authority.

“I am particularly pleased because in appointing Helmut Bernkopf as the successor to Regina Prehofer we have found an internationally experienced manager within our group. I wish Thomas Gross, who is leaving Bank Austria for Germany at his own request and who has made an outstanding contribution to our bank, all the best in his future career,” said Erich Hampel, Chairman of Bank Austria’s Management Board.

Helmut Bernkopf has been employed with Bank Austria since 1994. The experienced bank manager from Vienna began his international career in the Corporates Division of Bank Austria. Further steps up the professional ladder were his position as the head of corporate banking in Bank Austria Romania and his appointment to the Management Board of HVB Bank Romania. At the end of 2004 he returned to Vienna to head the Central and Eastern European region as General Manager of Bank Austria. Since 2007, Bernkopf has been Deputy President of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank Russia.

Thomas Gross became a Member of the Management Board of Bank Austria as CRO in October 2006. After completing his studies in industrial engineering in Karlsruhe, he was employed with the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt for twelve years before becoming Head of the Group Credit Risk Division of HypoVereinsbank in 2004. In the following year he became Director of Group Risk Control, and only a few months later he assumed the additional function of Head of Risk Control and Policies of UniCredit Group.

Robert Zadrazil has been a Member of Bank Austria’s Management Board since January 2006. In addition to his Management Board function in Bank Austria, within UniCredit Group he has been responsible for all Global Banking Services activities of the UniCredit Group branches in Central and Eastern Europe since August of last year.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
Martin Halama, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 52371
e-mail: martin.halama@unicreditgroup.at

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