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RATH AG Expands Executive Board

As of 1 June 2023, Alexandra Rester (52) toke over from Andreas Pfneiszl as Chief Financial Officer of RATH AG, headquartered in Vienna/AT. On 2 May 2023, the Supervisory Board and Alexandra Rester signed her Executive Board contract as Chief Financial Officer of RATH AG against the backdrop of the group’s increased future requirements (e.g. ESG & EU taxonomy), developments in the international markets and the company’s targeted growth course, which necessitate a change in corporate management. The financial agendas of Andreas Pfneiszl are due to be handed over and Alexandra Rester, as Chief Financial Officer, will consequently be installed as the third person on the Executive Board.

Alexandra Rester is originally from Lower Austria and has 25 years of experience as an auditor/partner in one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, most recently having worked as an independent auditor. She studied business administration with a focus on auditing and trusteeship, business taxation and financial law, and is a sworn auditor and tax consultant as well as a CPA. Andreas Pfneiszl, who has been with RATH since 1999 and Member of the Executive Board since 2013, will be responsible for the overall strategic orientation of the company as well as the sales agendas, and will continue to drive the growth course that the company has embarked on. The focus will be on customer satisfaction and the development of environmentally sustainable products.

Andreas Pfneiszl defines the strategic claim: “Our goal is to bring refractory solutions to the market in the shortest possible time and thereby to help our customers significantly reduce their ecological footprint.” Ingo Gruber will continue as RATH’s Chief Technology Officer. He joined the company in 2019 and serves on the Executive Board, where he is responsible for production and technology. This primarily includes the continuous improvement and optimization of production processes, R&D, and the technical development of innovative products. With this personnel expansion, the RATH AG Executive Board now consists of Andreas Pfneiszl (Strategy and Sales), Alexandra Rester (Finance) and Ingo Gruber (Production and Technology), and is excellently positioned to steer the corporate group into a sustainable and successful future.