Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Erste Group Bank AG
Member of the WVPU Advisory Board since 2011
Prof. Friedrich Rödler is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Erste Bank AG and former Country Managing Partner of PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers Austria. He started his professional career in 1976 with Arthur Andersen in Vienna where he was in charge of building up the tax practice. In 1990 he joined Price Waterhouse and became the firm’s Lead Tax Partner in Austria. Since 2001 until 2013 he was the Country Managing Partner of PwC in Austria.
Friedrich is licensed as a “Steuerberater” to practice tax in Austria since 1979. In 1982 he passed the exam as “Wirtschaftsprüfer” and obtained the licence to practice as auditor according to Austrian law. Since 2004 Friedrich has been a member of the supervisory board of Erste Group Bank AG and since 2012 the Chairman of the bank’s supervisory board.
Friedrich is a member of the Tax Experts Board („Fachsenat für Steuerrecht“) of the Austrian Chamber of Accountants („Kammer der Wirtschaftstreuhänder“). He is also actively involved in various international professional organisations:
- member (and former chairman) of the Tax Policy Group of Accountancy Europe
- member (and past president) of the Tax Committee of CFE (Confédération Fiscale Européenne)
- Vice President of IFA (International Fiscal Association) in Austria
- Friedrich is also the Treasurer and a Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Austria.
Friedrich studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the “Technische Universität Wien” where he graduated in 1975 as „Diplom-Ingenieur“. In 1976 he obtained a degree as “Magister” in business administration from the “Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien” and in the same year he completed a post-graduate course in international studies at the “Universität Wien”.
Upon recommendation from the “Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien” in 2011 the Austrian Federal President awarded Friedrich the professional title of “Professor”. Friedrich is married to Dr. Maria Bergamini and has two children. Besides his native German, he speaks English, French, Hungarian and Italian.