Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Webster Vienna Private University was formed to serve as counselors for the Director in conducting university business in Austria. The Vienna campus, like the other European campuses, is governed by the Board of Trustees of Webster University St. Louis and the Vienna Board acts in an advisory capacity. The Board has put its wholehearted support behind the Development efforts at Webster Vienna as with every other aspect of the university’s establishment and growth here. The members are:


Dr. Walter Schön
Chief Executive Officer, Schoen Aerospace Trading & Consulting (Committee Chairman)

Thomas Hintze professional headshot Prof. Dipl. Ing. Thomas Hintze
Supervisory Board Chairman of UPC Austria Services GmbH
Michael Edelsbrunner Mag. Michael Edelsbrunner
Country Executive, Citibank International Limited Austria Branch
Rudolf Hamp professional headshot KR Dipl. Ing. Rudolf Hamp
Member of the Supervisory Board, OPEL Wien GmbH
Rudolf Kemier professional headshot Ing. Rudolf Kemler
Senior Partner, Roland Berger GmbH
Norbert Lessing professional headshot Norbert Lessing
General Manager, Hilton Austria
Gernot Mittendorfer professional headshot Mag. Gernot Mittendorfer, MBA
Member of the Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG
Harald Neumann professional headshot Mag. Harald Neumann
Chief Executive Officer, NOVOMATIC Group
Freidrich Rödler professional headshot Prof. Dipl. Ing. Mag. Friedrich Rödler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Erste Group Bank AG
Matthias Wechner professional headshot Dr. Matthias Wechner
Managing Director, G4S Secure Solutions AG
Martin Winkler professional headshot Dipl. Ing. Martin Winkler
Country Manager Austria, ORACLE



Emeritus Members

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bode, Former Gen.Manager,Glaxo Smith Kline GmbH; President of Pharma/Austria
  • Dr. Elizabeth Chopin,  Webster Vienna Private University Campus Director 1988-1999
  • Ambassador William C. Eacho III., U.S. Embassy Vienna
  • Theresa Firestone, Former Managing Director, Pfizer Corporation Austria Gesellschaft m.b.H.
  • Sabine Fleischmann, Board Member, IBM Austria
  • Lydia Goutas, MBA, Managing Partner of Lehner Executive Partners
  • Dr. Arthur E. Hirsh, Webster Vienna Private University Campus Director 2000-2015
  • Dipl. Ing. Edwin Kiefer, Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board, OPEL Austria  
  • Dr. Raoul Kneucker, Former Sektionschef at the Ministry for Education
  • Dr. Kurt Komarek, Former Rektor of the University of Vienna
  • Ing. Mag. Hans Lukits, Managing Director, BEWAG
  • Friederike Mautner Markhof, Mautner Markhof AG
  • Mag. Dr. Emil Mezgolits MA, Webster Class ‘82
  • Mag. Reinhard Möseneder, General Manager Austria & Switzerland, Colgate-Palmolive
  • Dr. Franz Markus Nestl, Senior Partner, GNBZ Graff Nestl Baurecht Rechtsanwälte
  • Mag. Georg Obermeier, formerly Managing Director, Microsoft Austria
  • Dr. Richard A. Paulson, General Manager CEE, Amgen GmbH
  • Dr. Horst Pirker, CEO, Styria Media Group AG
  • Dr. Gerhard Puttner, CEO, Dr. Puttner Communications
  • Hugh Ripps, Director Global Systems Mgmt. Center, Coca-Cola Company  
  • The Honorable Kathryn Walt Hall, Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria  
  • David Waller, Deputy Director General Vienna, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Mark Garrett, Chief Executive Officer, Borealis AG