Changes in the Management Board of Raiffeisen Centrobank AG

Changes in the Management Board of Raiffeisen Centrobank AG


  • Harald Kröger will become CEO of Raiffeisen Centrobank AG

  • Heike Arbter will be Member of the Management Board of Raiffeisen Centrobank AG

Vienna –  As of 1 May Raiffeisen Centrobank AG’s (RCB) new Management Board will consist of Heike Arbter, currently Head of Structured Products at RCB, and CEO Harald Kröger, currently Head of Financial Institutions, Country and Portfolio Risk Management at RBI. Wilhelm Celeda and Valerie Brunner will be taking on new leadership roles: Wilhelm Celeda will become CEO of Kathrein Bank, while Valerie Brunner will become Head of Institutional Clients in RBI’s Markets board area.

„I am very pleased that we are able to fill these important positions with internal managers. The appointments reflect our goal of sharing know-how within the RBI Group and deploying our specialists and managers where they are most needed and can contribute most," said RBI CEO Johann Strobl.

Harald Kröger joined Raiffeisen in 2004 and is currently division head in risk management. At RBI, he managed numerous group-wide projects also outside the risk area, particularly regarding efficiency, costs and strategy. His extensive experience in leading complex innovation processes will ideally complement RCB's growth dynamics and digital transformation initiatives.

Heike Arbter, an expert in structured products for many years, will lead RCB's business activities. She has been working for RCB for more than 20 years, built up the structured products business from scratch, developed it into RCB's most important earnings driver and made RCB the leading Austrian issuing house for the entire CEE region.

In almost 25 years with RCB, including as CEO since 2015, Wilhelm Celeda has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of asset management. Under his leadership, the recently defined strategy of establishing Kathrein as the private bank of the Raiffeisen Banking Group Austria is to be implemented.

Coming from RBI, Valerie Brunner joined RCB in 2016 as member of the Management Board. Her extensive experience in client business from more than two decades in RBI's Corporate Customers division has been complemented in recent years by excellent management knowledge and a network in the areas of risk, finance, compliance, IT and operations. One of the main tasks in her new position will be expanding RBI's group-wide business with institutional clients.

The appointments are subject to regulatory confirmations and final decisions by the respective Supervisory Board members.

For further information please contact:

Denisa Lazarescu
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About Raiffeisen Centrobank AG

Raiffeisen Centrobank AG (RCB) is the competence center for equities and certificates in Austria with a strong regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe. As a full range provider of certificates the bank offers more than 7,000 products for every market situation and investment horizon. The coverage universe of RCB’s Company Research comprises roughly 130 titles. RCB is a 100 percent subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International AG.

Denisa Lazarescu
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