Wienerberger Enlarges Managing Board with Addition of Menard-Galli as Chief Performance Officer
Beginning on June 1, 2019, Menard-Galli will be responsible for the management of further steps to enhance the performance of the Wienerberger Group.
Wienerberger AG recently announced that it will enlarge its managing board to include a third member with the appointment of Solveig Menard-Galli in the newly created position of chief performance officer (CPO). Beginning on June 1, 2019, Menard-Galli will be responsible for the management of further steps to enhance the performance of the Wienerberger Group. She will drive the implementation of the Fast Forward 2020 optimization program and advance the associated cultural change within the group, and she will be in charge of the group’s digitalization strategy.
“Ms. Solveig Menard-Galli is an internationally experienced manager who has been working successfully in senior roles within the Wienerberger Group since 2016,” said Regina Prehofer, chairperson of the supervisory board. “She knows the company well and as ‘Chief Performance and Transformation Officer’ has successfully implemented the Fast Forward 2020 program. Solveig is an excellent addition to the existing managing board, and her appointment underlines the importance of the Wienerberger Group’s forward-looking organizational evolution towards digitalization and even greater efficiency.”
“Wienerberger is moving forward on a trajectory of dynamic growth,” said Heimo Scheuch, CEO. “Establishing digitalization as a managing board function confirms our goal of stepping up the pace of growth as a system provider for innovative building and infrastructure solutions. The appointment of Ms. Solveig Menard-Galli creates greater diversity on the managing board of Wienerberger AG and will have a positive impact on the entire group. Moreover, Ms. Menard-Galli made significant contributions to the design and implementation of the Fast Forward 2020 program, and I am looking forward to working with her on the managing board. The new structure of the Wienerberger Group consisting of three strong operational business units—Wienerberger Building Solutions, Wienerberger Piping Solutions and North America—requires a stronger group-wide assignment of responsibilities for process innovation, digitalization, and performance optimization, which is now also reflected on the managing board level.”
Solveig Menard-Galli received her MBA degree in controlling, strategic management, marketing and international management from the University of Klagenfurt, where she also taught as a freelance lecturer. She completed her studies at Fontainebleau (INSEAD) and in Hawaii, where she obtained a Certificate of International Management. She started her professional career with Brau Union, a member of the Heineken Group. In 2008, she moved on to the Heineken Group headquarters in Amsterdam and was appointed finance director for Heineken Netherlands in 2011. After some time in executive positions at L’Oréal Austria, she joined Wienerberger in 2016 as CFO of the Clay Building Materials Europe Division. Since 2018, she has been in charge of the Fast Forward program, which aims to generate an additional €120 million (approximately $135.6 million) in EBITDA between 2018 and 2020 through efficiency enhancements.
As of June 1, Wienerberger’s managing board will consist of Heimo Scheuch (CEO), Willy Van Riet (CFO) and Solveig Menard-Galli (CPO). For more information, visit https://wienerberger.com.