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Supervisory Board

In accordance with the articles of association, the Supervisory Board is made up of three to six members elected by the Annual General Meeting, as well as representatives delegated by the works council in accordance with the Austrian “Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz” (Labor Constitutional Act). The current members of the Supervisory Board are:

Name Position Year of birth Year first appointed Year current term expires
Franz Semmernegg Chairman 1968 2002 2023
Harald Sommerer Deputy chairman 1967 2013 2023
Sabine Kauper Member 1968 2011 2022
Kari Kapsch Member 1964 2002 2023
Christian Windisch Member 1 1963 2002 n/a
Claudia Rudolf-Misch Member 1967 2018 n/a
  1. Delegated by the works council which may recall a member it has delegated at any time.


Dr. Franz Semmernegg has been a member since June 2002 and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2005. He has occupied the following positions within the Kapsch Group since:

  • October 2001: CFO of Kapsch AG
  • March 2003: CFO of Kapsch BusinessCom AG, since April 2010 also CEO
  • April 2005: CFO of KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH

In addition, Franz Semmernegg exercises other functions in direct and indirect shareholdings of Kapsch BusinessCom AG and Kapsch AG. In 1992 Franz Semmernegg concluded his studies in business administration at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, where he also wrote his thesis in 1997. From 1993 – 1996 Mr. Semmernegg worked in a firm of chartered accountants and tax consultants and in 1996 moved to Schrack Seconet AG, where he rose to become the Manager and Authorized Representative for Finance and Controlling after a stopover at Ericsson Austria. Together with a partner, in January 1999 Franz Semmernegg executed a management buy-out and founded Schrack BusinessCom AG. At the start of 2001, Kapsch AG acquired a majority share in the company, which was renamed Kapsch BusinessCom AG in 2002.

Dr. Harald Sommerer has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2013 and its Deputy Chairman since September 2020.

Harald Sommererhas been self-employed since December 2013 and is working on establishing an investment portfolio. Before that he was CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Zumtobel AG from May 2010 to September 2013. From 1997 to 2010, Harald Sommerer was a member of the Executive Board of AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG, CFO between 1998 and 2005 and CEO from 2005 to January 2010. He is a doctor of social and economic sciences from the Vienna University for Economics and Business and Master of Management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Dipl.-Betriebsw. Sabine Kauper, is a financial expert for organizations in challenging phases from growth to restructuring and supports companies in various industries as a consultant. She spent around eight years on the Executive Boards of globally active stock corporations listed in Germany. After studying business administration in Munich with a focus on taxes and auditing, Ms. Kauper worked for an auditing company for four years. Since 2009, she has held Supervisory Board mandates and completed training as a qualified Supervisory Board member with certification by Deutsche Börse AG. She is a member of the Advisory Board at Cidron Ollopa Investment B.V.

Dr. Kari Kapsch, brother of Georg Kapsch (CEO), has been a member of the Supervisory Board since June 2002. He has occupied the following positions within Kapsch Group: Since

  • March 2001: COO of Kapsch AG
  • December 2005: COO of KAPSCH-Group Beteiligungs GmbH
  • June 2010: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kapsch BusinessCom AG
  • October 2016: Managing Director of Kapsch PublicTransportCom GmbH

In addition, Kari Kapsch exercises other functions in both direct and indirect shareholdings of Kapsch BusinessCom AG as well as Kapsch AG and also outside of the Kapsch Group. He completed his studies in physics at the University of Vienna (1988), where he also wrote his thesis in 1992. In terms of his career, following his experiences at Kapsch he had a stay abroad at ANT, a member of the Bosch Group. In 1990, Mr. Kapsch returned as Head of the Road Telematics Solutions division and developed the road tolling business segment. During the following then years, Kari Kapsch managed several business units within the Kapsch Group.

Ing. Christian Windisch has been working for the Kapsch Group since September 1984 and is currently employed in the area of quality assurance. He graduated from the polytechnic in Vienna with a degree in telecommunications and electrical engineering.

Claudia Rudolf-Misch, MBA, has been working for Kapsch TrafficCom since June 2004. She started as Quality Manager in Austria and is currently responsible for the global HSSQ management system of Kapsch TrafficCom Group. Ms Rudolf-Misch holds a Master of Business Administration.

None of the persons mentioned above is a director of a publicly listed company and simultaneously fulfils more than four appointments to Supervisory Boards in stock companies outside of the Group or occupies a position in one of the bodies of companies which are in competition with Kapsch TrafficCom AG. Harald Sommerer is deputy chairman of the Supervisory Board of the publicly listed VARTA AG. No other appointment to a Supervisory Board or comparable position in other publicly listed companies is exercised by one of the persons mentioned above.

The Supervisory Board members Franz Semmernegg and Claudia Rudolf-Misch both hold 228 shares of Kapsch TrafficCom AG. The other members of the Supervisory Board do not own shares of the company.

Information regarding the remuneration of the Supervisory Board members can be found here.