Interim Management Symposium 2016

Reitersaal der OeKB, Strauchgasse 1-3, 1010 Vienna, Austria


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Dear Madam/Sir:

We are very pleased to invite you to the Interim Management Symposium 2016, organized for the third time by BÜHLER MANAGEMENT. This year’s theme is:

Interim Management – Leadership in Motion.

Interim management means motion and change. Interim managers accompany enterprises during dynamic periods and, hence, have to be extremely flexible. The speakers show how to successfully address these challenges. A special highlight will be the panel discussion by the founders of IXPA, the International Executive Provider Alliance. Interim management has been becoming increasingly international in nature – which gives rise to special challenges involving cross-border clients.

We are also looking forward to the meaningful keynote address by Michael Nikbakhsh, the nation’s leading business journalist.

Use this platform for in-depth exchanges of experiences, topical insights, and to get valuable stimuli.

The symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 4:30 pm to around 7:30 pm, followed by a delectable buffet arranged by the nation’s former TV chef, Alois Mattersberger. The venue is Reitersaal der OeKB, Strauchgasse 1-3, 1010 Vienna, Austria. The attendance fee is €95 plus VAT; registration deadline is October 16, 2016.

Book now – attendance is limited!

We look forward to welcoming you.

Maria Th. Bühler


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4:30 – 4:40 pm Welcome address Mag. Maria Th. Bühler
4:40 – 4:45 pm Words of welcome by the Economics Senate Hans Harrer
Chairman, Economics Senate
4:45 – 5:15 pm Keynote address
Interim Management from the Standpoint of a Business Journalist
Michael Nikbakhsh
Michael Nikbakhsh, profil business magazine, Department Head, Business Journalist of the Year 2015, Winner of the renowned Prof. Horst Knapp Award, Journalist of the Year 2008
5:15 – 5:30 pm Findings of the Interim Management Study 2016 Mag. (FH) Peter Ranefeld-Rathbauer
Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
5:30 – 5:55 pm Assigning Interim Managers to an Innovative, Growing, Listed Enterprise Mag. Helmut Andexer
Head of Human Resources, FACC AG
30 minutes Break
6:25 – 6:45 pm Successful Interim Manager: “We come and leave again” DI Dr. Silvia Heise – Grubner
Founder/Owner of SHG Consulting und Interim Management
6:45 – 7:05 pm Success Factors for Acquisition and Pricing Negotiations Dkfm. Siegfried Lettmann
Executive Interim Manager (DDIM), SLIM Interim Management
7:05 – about 7:30 pm Words of welcome by International Executive Provider Alliance Dr. Harald Wachenfeld
Founder/Owner of Interim Management Solutions Deutschland, Alliance spokesperson
  Special requirements of cross-border interim management – discussion by a panel of providers from eight countries
The panel discussion will be in English
Discussion Panel:

Ambroise Baroan Actiss Transition Management, Ivory Coast

Mag. Maria Th. Bühler Buehler Management, Austria

Eric Gaulle Actiss Transition Management, Italy

Mark Kitchen Williams Bain, United Kingdom

Gilles Marque Actiss Transition Management, France

Frank P. Neuhaus iManagement Brazil Ltda., Brazil

Dr. Harald Schönfeld Butterfly Management, Switzerland

Dr. Harald Wachenfeld Interim Management Solutions, Germany

Program is subject to changes


  • Mag. Helmut Andexer, MBA

    Mag. Helmut Andexer, MBA

    is the VP Human Resources of FACC Operations GmbH, with 15 years of experience in managerial positions at large industrial corporations, including listed firms. He worked as a self-employed trainer and mediator while studying pedagogics at the University of Salzburg, and spent one semester as a guest lecturer in Hong Kong. In a coop program, he graduated with an International Strategic Management Executive MBA from the LIMAK Johannes Kepler University Business School. In his current position at FACC, he is involved in all strategic and operative facets of HR. He specializes in issues involving major growth, change processes, and building up strong employer brands.

  • Mag. Maria Th. Bühler

    Mag. Maria Th. Bühler

    Maria Buehler (MBA) graduated from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU). Before founding Buehler Management in 2006 she worked for 16 years in large international companies (such as Siemens and Beiersdorf) as well as small and medium sized enterprises in Switzerland, US, Canada and Austria. BUEHLER MANAGEMENT is the first premium provider of interim management in Austria. Since 2006 it has become one of the biggest providers offering comprehensive services in interim management for all executive functions in all industries.

  • Hans Harrer, Vorstand Senat der Wirtschaft

    Hans Harrer, Chairman of Economics Senate

    has been a globally active entrepreneur for several decades, involved in product/project development concerning financing & corporate shareholding, project development in the field of business location, financial engineering, M&A, system and project development for renewable energies, and alternative investment products – mutual funds. He assists diverse projects as a “business angel”. He holds shares in many firms and, outside his profession, serves as the Chairman of the Austrian ECONOMICS SENATE and the Global Economic Network in Austria.

  • DI Dr. Silvia Heise – Grubner, SHG Consulting

    DI Dr. Silvia Heise – Grubner, SHG Consulting

    Sylvia Heise-Grubner founded SHG Consulting in 2010, after working for almost two decades in the pharmaceuticals industry. Since then, she functions as an interim manager by applying her extensive experience as a CEO, department head, and trouble shooter in Austria, Germany, and CEE countries. She supports pharmaceutical firms experiencing leadership vacancies or bottlenecks in resources. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the Technical University of Vienna, and a supplementary qualification as a system coach.

  • Dkfm. Siegfried Lettmann

    Dkfm. Siegfried Lettmann, Executive Interim Manager (DDIM), SLIM Interim Management

    Siegfried Lettmann is an interim manager who focuses on developments in family businesses. He temporarily assumes senior management functions as well as sales/marketing roles to promote growth, manage profits, and boost organizational efficiency. He has been honored for his assignments by the Constantinus Award. Moreover, he holds two supplementary qualifications as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Interim Executive (EBS). He gained many years of experience as a specialist and senior manager, and was involved in international sales & marketing at brand-name companies like Miele and Kärcher.

  • Michael Nikbakhsh

    Michael Nikbakhsh

    has been a writer in the profil business magazine since November 1999, whose leadership he took over in December 2004. After his high-school diploma at Lycée Francais de Vienne, he commenced his career with Salzburg Nachrichten, followed by stints at WirtschaftsWoche Österreich, trend, and Format. With an Iranian father an Austrian mother, Michael Nickbarsch’s field of work primarily covers issues concerning white-collar crime and finance. Since 2001, he has been publishing an op-ed each week on economic events. On behalf of the journal, Der Österreichische Journalist, a jury of Austrian business editors selected him in 2004 and 2005 as the Business Journalist of the Year. In 2008, he was given the Journalist of the Year award for his investigative revelations on the Meinl affair, followed in 2009 by the renowned Prof. Horst Knapp Prize for economics journalism.

  • Mag. (FH) Peter Ranefeld-Rathbauer

    Mag. (FH) Peter Ranefeld-Rathbauer

    is self-employed and supports firms in setting up and evaluating accounting systems and controls, and in restructuring processes. His expertise stems from his numerous managerial positions and as an independent project manager at mid-sized national and international firms. He studied finance, accounting, and taxation at a university in Vienna, and recently completed the corporate restructuring program at the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences.

  • Dr. Harald Wachenfeld

    Dr. Harald Wachenfeld

    graduated with a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in business administration from the universities of Cologne and Frankfurt am Main. His line career spans more than 20 years, initially as sales & marketing manager and progressing to country managing director and SVP Europe in the branded consumer goods, IT and telecommunications sectors (including with adidas, Sony, Black & Decker, Lego, and Deutsche Telekom). In 1996 he founded, IMS Interim Management Solutions which offers cross-sector and cross-functional services in executive interim management throughout Germany and abroad. IMS is located in the centre of Germany, near Bonn. IMS is a member of AIMP, the Association of Interim Management Providers for the German speaking countries in Europe.


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Public transportation

3 minutes from the U3 Subway Station Herrengasse; 10 minute walk from the U3/U1 Station Stephanspaltz.
City bus 1A: Get off at the Herrengasse Station.

By car

nearby multi-level parking lots in the 1st district are at Kleeblattgasse 11 and Hohenstaufengasse 12.

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