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Austrian refractories manufacturer RATH AG expands Executive Board

As of June 1, 2023, Alexandra Rester (52) will take over from Andreas Pfneiszl as Chief Financial Officer of RATH Aktiengesellschaft, head-quartered in Vienna.

On May 2, 2023, the Supervisory Board and Rester signed her executive board contract as Chief Finanecial 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.

“I am looking forward to the new challenge and to working together with my colleagues on the Executive Board,” said Rester upon her appointment.

The financial agendas of Andreas Pfneiszl are due to be handed over and Rester, as Chief Financial Officer, will consequently be installed as the third person on the Executive Board.

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.

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.

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, research & development, and the technical development of innovative products.

With this personnel expansion, the RATH AG Executive Board now consists of Pfneiszl (Strategy, Sales), Rester (Finance) and Gruber (Production, Technology) and is excellently positioned to steer the corporate group into a sustainable and successful future.

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