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PANTARHEI ADVISORS.

CORPORATE CONSULTANCY FOR COMMUNICATIONS.CORPORATE CONSULTANCY FOR COMMUNICATIONS.

PANTARHEI ADVISORS is a new form of a partner-managed corporate advisory.

We combine the professional know-how of a strategic communications agency with the analytical, process-focused methods of a management consultancy.

PARTNER.

Mag. Markus Schindler

Managing Partner



Mag. Rudolf Ogertschnig

Managing Partner

Mag. Gilbert Rukschcio

Managing Partner

Mag. Markus Schindler

Partner

Markus Schindler has over a quarter of a century of experience as a strategy and communications consultant to the executive boards of large, mostly stock-exchange listed corporations. He has advised clients including Österreichische Post AG, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Electricite de France (EDF), Deutsche Telekom, Novartis, UNIQA and Erste Group. In the public sector, Markus Schindler provided consultation to the Austrian federal government for the country’s entry to the EU and the information campaign for adoption of the euro. He also advised the Austrian national bank’s risk management board on the transition from the shilling to the euro as the national currency. At the European level, Markus Schindler provided management consultancy to the European People’s Party group during the reorganisation of their communications structures.

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Markus Schindler has worked as a consultant for communications since the mid-1990s. Until 2010 he was CEO and owner of Austria’s biggest public affairs and PR agency at the time, Publico, and a member of the European Board of Pleon – then Europe’s leading PR agency group. In 2010 he sold Publico to Omnicom, and founded cumclave business consultants, a management consultancy focused on strategic advisory, with Dr. Harald Mahrer. In 2013 Markus was a co-founder of PANTARHEI ADVISORS Unternehmensberatung, and he has been a Managing Partner since then.

In the late 1990s, Markus Schindler was a co-founder of early stage incubator firm Legend AG, which participated in a number of successful technology start-ups focused on the media sector. Today he holds investments in start-ups in the communications technology, financial technology and energy management sectors.

Markus Schindler studied communications science and a combined programme in politics, history and law at the University of Vienna. He is a professional speaker and alumni of the Steinbeis-Hochschule in Berlin. He is the initiator of Vienna’s Salon Z and lives and works in Vienna and Brussels.

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Mag. Rudolf Ogertschnig

Partner

Rudolf Ogertschnig has around 15 years of professional and market experience advising a wide variety of different companies and organisations at the highest level, especially in the public sector, manufacturing, and the advocacy, energy and infrastructure sectors. He has worked with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austrian Federal Railways, Österreichische Post, E-Control, the European Parliament group of the European People’s Party (EPP), as well as members of the building materials, ceramic, and gas heating industries. His specialist area is communications and strategy consultancy encompassing internal organisational development, the planning and focus of alignment and realignment, and the design of participatory processes.

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He co-founded peritia communications in 2011, where he was primarily responsible for the conceptual development of the energy, infrastructure and public sector business units. The company merged with management consultancy Cumclave in 2013, leading to the creation of PANTARHEI ADVISORS. Rudolf Ogertschnig is currently a managing partner at PANTARHEI ADVISORS Unternehmensberatung GmbH and is principally responsible for its communications strategy and change management, and risk and reputation management business.

He studied politics and communications science in Vienna and Berlin, and lives and works in Vienna.

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Mag. Gilbert Rukschcio

Managing Partner

Gilbert Rukschcio is PANTARHEI ADVISORS’ “Mister Europe”. After ten years living and working in Brussels, he knows the European arena and its rules of play better than anyone else in the public affairs business in Austria. Organisations that trust his expertise and his talent for building bridges between business and the EU include BASF, Österreichische Post AG, EVN AG, the German association for the building materials industry, the German medicine importers’ association (VAD), Greiner Group and UNIQA. In the public sector, he advised the European People’s Party group in the European Parliament on the reorganisation of their communications structures.

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Gilbert Rukschcio has been advising organisations on developing their strategies and professional communications with (policy) stakeholders for over 12 years, work that he is passionate about. Previously he established and built up the European Affairs division of Austria’s biggest public affairs and PR agency at the time, Pleon Publico, as head of its Brussels office. He then went into business himself, starting peritia communications with partners, opening offices in Vienna and Brussels.

Gilbert Rukschcio established PANTARHEI ADVISORS in 2013 and has been a Managing Partner since that time.

He studied politics with an elective focus on history and economics, in Vienna and at the renowned Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence.

Gilbert Rukschcio is married with two children. He lives and works in Vienna and Brussels.

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Mag. Markus Gruber

Partner

Mag. Alexander Bäck

Managing Partner Graz

Mag. (FH) Claudia Aichhorn-Edler

Managing Partner Graz

Mag. Markus Gruber

Partner

Markus Gruber is an innovation and transformation process specialist. As an expert in service design thinking and a qualified systemic business coach (with training from the Freie Universität Berlin), he supports organisations in overcoming complex challenges and achieving their goals in change processes. He has worked in communications and strategy consulting for a decade, and advises prominent clients from both the public and private sectors. Since 2016, he has been a Partner at PANTARHEI ADVISORS.

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The clients Markus Gruber has consulted include the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (numerous projects for the Chamber as well as related professional associations and organisations), the European Parliament, Microsoft Austria, Hutchison Drei Austria (merger with Orange Austria), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Austria Wirtschaftsservice business funding body (aws), nic.at, the CERT.at IT security organisation the Austrian Government Computer Emergency Response Team (GovCERT Austria), the Austrian National Tourist Board, and A1 Telekom (inter-company merger).

He is a member of the international Service Design Network, provides coaching for individual and team development processes, is an experienced workshop moderator and qualified process and project manager.

He studied international business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with placements in Canada and Vietnam.

He is married, lives in Lower Austria, and works in Vienna.

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Mag. Alexander Bäck

Managing Partner

Alexander Bäck has been advising prominent corporate, political and non-profit sector clients for over 20 years. He specialises in strategic and communications consulting, crisis and change communications, and public affairs. He has advised companies and organisations including voestalpine, the Steiermärkische Sparkasse bank, the Federal Province of Styria, the Federal Province of Carinthia, the Lake Plansee tourism authority, AON, UNIQA, the Thermenland Steiermark tourism authority, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the Wirtschaftsbund SME confederation, Ö-Ring GmbH, the University of Graz, A1 Telekom Austria, Odörfer, Seidel Holding, Ökoregion Kaindorf, the Austrian Workers’ Compensation Board (AUVA), the Austrian Social Insurance Authority for Business (SVA), children’s organisation WIKI, Autocluster ACstyria, the Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials (ASMET), the GOFAIR initiative, Science Park Graz, the Regionalmanagement Österreich umbrella organisation, Apomedica, Ernst & Young Carinthia, and Gaulhofer, as well as consulting on the structural reform and merger of local authorities, and regional development projects in local authorities.
 
Alexander Bäck is an established management expert and highly skilled trainer with international experience.

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Alexander Bäck is a qualified lawyer and adult educator. Besides serving in the cabinet of Federal Minister Martin Bartenstein, he worked as a project manager at consultancy Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen in Switzerland and was a member of the Management Board of investment company Superfund. After a three-year spell as director of the Austrian SME confederation Wirtschaftsbund, he went into business on his own and took over as Managing Partner at Pleon Publico Styria in late 2008.

Following a management buyout at the start of 2013, he founded PANTARHEI ADVISORS Graz Unternehmensberatung GmbH, where he is managing partner.

He is married with two children, and lives and works in Graz and Vienna.

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Mag. (FH) Claudia Aichhorn-Edler

Managing Partner

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Team.

Elisabeth Berg, MA

Consultant

Johannes Bergmann,
BA M.E.S.

Consultant

Ilona Bugelnig

CFO

Michael Deimel, MSc (WU)

Senior Consultant

Mag. Brita Eipeldauer,
M.E.S.

Senior Consultant

Laura Estl, MA

Junior Consultant

Florian Holzer

Consulting Associate

Marina Kleewein, BA

Consultant

Thomas Kreidl, MSc

Consultant

Michaela Mühlbauer

Office Manager

Darius Pidun, BA

Consulting Associate

Sabine Pucher, BA MSc

Consultant

Sara Schmidt, BA

Junior Consultant

Mag. Michael Slamanig

Head of Risk and
Reputation Management

Mag. Thomas Spieler,
MSc

Senior Consultant

Mag. Victor Vaugoin,
M.A.I.S.

Head of EU Office

Vanessa Wieser, MA

Channel Manager

 

 

 

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