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Supervisory Board

Pursuant to the articles of association, the supervisory board consists of three to six members elected by the annual general meeting, plus the representatives delegated by the works council (Betriebsrat) according to the Austrian Labor Constitutional Act (Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz). The current members are:
 

 
Name Position Year of birth Year first appointed Year current term expires
Franz Semmernegg Chairman 1968 2002 2019
Kari Kapsch Deputy chairman 1964 2002 2019
Sabine Kauper Member 1968 2011 2018
Harald Sommerer Member 1967 2013 2019
Christian Windisch Member 1 1963 2002 n/a
Martin Gartler Member 1 1970 2015 n/a

1  delegated by the works council which may recall a member it has delegated at any time.

 

Franz Semmernegg has been a member of the supervisory board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG since June 2002 and chairman of that board since June 2005. Since February 2010, he has been a member of the supervisory board of Kapsch CarrierCom AG. Since April 2005, Franz Semmernegg has held the position of CFO of KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH. He is also CEO of Kapsch BusinessCom AG and has been an executive board member at this company since March 2003. Since October 2001, he has also been CFO of Kapsch AG. He has a degree in business administration (1992) from the Karl Franzens University in Graz, where he earned his PhD in 1997.

Franz Semmernegg also holds other functions in direct and indirect associated companies of Kapsch BusinessCom AG and Kapsch AG. He is a member of the executive management of Kapsch Liegenschaft Management GmbH, Kapsch Cashpooling and Hedging GmbH and Kapsch IT Services for finance and industries GmbH and is a member of the advisory boards of several subsidiaries.

In addition, Franz emmernegg also holds functions outside of the Kapsch Group in Enso GmbH, Speech Processing Solutions GmbH and Invest AG.

Franz Semmernegg was a member of the executive board of Schrack BusinessCom AG from 1999 until September 2001. In 1998, he was responsible for the successful management buy-out of Schrack BusinessCom AG by Ericsson Austria AG. Prior to this, he held management positions at Ericsson Austria AG (1998) and Schrack Seconet AG (1997).


Kari Kapsch has been a member of the supervisory board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG since June 2002 and deputy chairman of that board since June 2005. Prior to this, he was deputy chairman of the supervisory board from June to December 2002 and chairman of the supervisory board from December 2002 to June 2005. Since December 2005, Kari Kapsch has been COO of KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH. In addition, he is COO of Kapsch AG and CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom AG. Since June 2010, he has been chairman of the supervisory board of Kapsch BusinessCom AG. He earned a degree in physics (1988) at the University of Vienna, where he also obtained a PhD (1992). Kari Kapsch is the brother of Georg Kapsch, the CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom AG.

Kari Kapsch also holds other functions in direct and indirect associated companies of Kapsch CarrierCom AG, Kapsch BusinessCom AG and Kapsch AG. He is a member of the executive management of Kapsch ConnexPlus GmbH and Kapsch Immobilien GmbH.

Furthermore, Kari Kapsch exercises numerous functions outside of the Kapsch Group and is active in multiple industry-related associations. He is vice president of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, deputy chairman of the Committee for Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industries of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, member of the Sectors Conference of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce / Industry Sector, member of the Sectors Conference of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce / Industry Sector, member of the executive board of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, member of the Trade Association for the Machinery and Metal Goods Industry of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, member of the Trade Association for the Machinery, Metal Goods and Casting Industry of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, member of the executive board of the Austrian Association for Electrical Engineering (OVE), member of the executive board of the Association of the Railroad Industry, member of the JR Senate of the Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft, member of the executive board of the Austrian-Polish Society, member of the executive board of the Austrian-Arabian Chamber of Commerce (AACC), member of the Austrian-Iranian Society (OIG), member of the executive management of Austria Telecommunication International GmbH, Gezoge Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH, KEGK Holdinggesellschaft m.b.H, ADONARD Beteiligungs GmbH and UKAL Handels- und Vermietungs GmbH.


Sabine Kauper holds a degree in business administration and has been the CFO of Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, headquartered in Berlin, since 1 January 2016. Prior to this she was CFO of SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Holding AG, Munich, from 2014 to 2015 and exercised additional functions in this company’s direct and indirect subsidiaries. Sabine Kauper studied business administration with a focus on tax accounting and auditing. In addition, she completed a training as a qualified supervisory board member with a certification from Deutsche Börse AG.

From December 2012 to 2013, Sabine Kauper was general manager for restructuring at an internationally active mechanical engineering company. From 2000 to December 2011, she was employed at Phoenix Solar AG, Germany, and was responsible as of 2007 as CFO for the areas of finance, staff and organizational development, international process and IT management, internal audit and legal. After completing her studies, she worked for four years at an accountancy firm.


Harald Sommerer has operated independently since 2013 and is working on building an investment portfolio. Prior to this, he was CEO and chairman of the executive board of Zumtobel AG from May 2010 to September 2013. He holds a doctorate in social sciences and economics from the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna and a master of management degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

From 1997 to 2010, Harald Sommerer was a member of the executive board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG and was CFO of this company between 1998 and 2005 as well as CEO from 2005 to January 2010.


Christian Windisch has been a member of the supervisory board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG delegated by the works council since November 2002. He has worked for the Kapsch Group since September 1984 and is currently employed in the area of quality assurance. Christian Windisch graduated from the polytechnic in Vienna with a degree in telecommunications and electrical engineering.


Martin Gartler has been a member of the supervisory board of Kapsch TrafficCom AG delegated by the works council since 11 March 2015. He has been employed in the area of operations at Kapsch TrafficCom AG since February 2008. Martin Gartler has a degree from the Technical School of Electrical and Telecommunications Technology and in 1992 completed training as a foreman for industrial electronics.