Trenkwalder Salon

The Trenkwalder Salons were initiated in January 2015. His intention was to provide a setting for personalities from business, politics and science to communicate and to connect. Once a month Mr. Pataki presents a speaker, a so called special guest, to talk about relevant and important topics.



April 05, 2016
Erich Foglar, President of the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB)

At the Trenkwalder Salon on 5 April 2017, ÖGB President Erich Foglar spoke about current economic and socio-political issues, such as the Austrian labor market, Austria as business location, and the digitization and the resulting changes in the field of education and work.

The Austrian Federation of Trade Unions (ÖGB) is a non-party representation of interests for all employees with a total of 1.2 million members. Erich Foglar has been a member of the Managing Board since 2007 and President of the Trade Union Confederation since December 2008.

Main subject of the evening was the improvement of the economic situation forecasted by both Wifo (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) and HIS (Institute for Advanced Studies). Although this will have a positive effect on the labor market, public investment in social infrastructure and qualification measures will be necessary. The fight against long-term unemployment and youth unemployment is a top priority.

Erich Foglar gave a very positive assessment of the economic situation in Austria, which is characterized by qualified employees, high-quality products and services as well as a high level of know-how. It is important that Austria as a business location stays competitive. This will be best achieved through research and development, innovation, qualification and excellent skilled work.

Among the guests were: Alfred Leu, Generali Holding, Andreas Schmidlechner, Mc Donalds Österreich, Oliver Krupitza, STANDARD und Angelika Backhausen, Iglo Austria

Photo (from left to right) Martin Jäger, Maria Rauch-Kallat, Erich Foglar, Michael Krottmayer

January 18, 2017
Georg Pölzl, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Austrian Post

After his graduation at the University for Mining, Metallurgy, and Materials in Leoben, Georg Pölzl began his professional career as business consultant at McKinsey Germany. He then became CEO of Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer Binder & Co. and CEO of T-Mobile in Austria and Germany.
Since October 1, 2009, Mr. Pölzl has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Austrian Post.
Since then, he has been pursuing a consistent, economical and service-oriented way in order to successfully manage the company and make it fit for the future.

The central theme for the success of the Austrian Post is the proactive adaptation to changing markets and framework conditions. In this way, the Austrian Post continues its path towards new innovative delivery solutions and expands its self-service facilities. Abroad, the Austrian Post also actively looks for opportunities to grow. In addition to a stake in a Turkish parcel service company, there already exist successful deals with parcel service companies in South Eastern Europe.

Among the invited guests were Brigitte Bierlein (Austrian Constitutional Court), Tatjana Oppitz (IBM Austria), Andreas Schmidlechner (McDonald’s Austria), Andreas Gnesda (Austrian Trade Association) and Oliver Krupitza (paybox Bank).

Photo: Martin Jäger, Maria Rauch-Kallat, Georg Pölzl, Tatjana Oppitz, Herbert Cordt, Michael Krottmayer (left to right)


November 24th, 2016
Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner and President of the European Forum Alpbach

Numerous personalities from business and politics gathered on occasion of the Trenkwalder Salon, featuring Franz Fischler in the premises of Trenkwalder International. Franz Fischler started his political career after studying agriculture in 1989 as Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry. In 1995, he became a member of the European Commission, where he was the first Austrian Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries. Since 2012, Franz Fischler has been President of the European Forum Alpbach.

As President of the European Forum Alpbach he succeeded in initiating far-reaching positive changes. As an example, the annual budget was doubled, with public grants amounting to only 10%. With the expansion of the Congress Center Alpbach, twice as much space is now available. The field of participants is more diverse than ever; more than 5,000 participants from over 100 nations came to Alpbach this year.

In addition to the European Forum Alpbach, Europe and the European Union were central themes of the evening. Franz Fischler is convinced, that the European Union is the most successful example of cooperation, conflict resolution and conflict prevention. However, he also pointed out that conflicts currently burst open: conflicts between generations, conflicts between states and conflicts between people in successful technology centers and people on the periphery. Among the interested guests were Chris Brenninkmeyer (C&A), Rudolf Semrad (former Swatch Group Österreich), Hans Harrer (Senat der Wirtschaft) and Claudia Daeubner (Success & Career Consulting).

Photo: Maria Rauch-Kallat, Franz Fischler, Martin Jäger and Jochen Ressel (left to right)

September 12th, 2016
Social Minister Alois Stoeger

Numerous personalities from business and politics gathered on the occasion of the 18th Trenkwalder Salon. Martin Jäger, the Spokesman of Trenkwalder International AG was delighted to welcome the Federal Minister Alois Stöger at the office premises in the inner-city of Vienna.

Alois Stoeger began his political career as youth consultative in the Union and as Chairman of the Upper Austrian trade union youth.
For ten years he worked in various council positions in Upper Austria. At the end of 2008 he took over the position of Minister of Health, after he was Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology. On January 26, 2016 Alois Stoeger was sworn in as Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Central subject of the Trenkwalder Salon was the Austrian labor market policy. The Social Minister stressed that the labor market situation represents a major challenge, having at the same time maximum employment and high unemployment.

He pointed out that the labor market would always impose higher requirements on workers. With the recently enacted mandatory education until the age of 18 it is ensured that all people in Austria have a higher education than compulsory school level.
As one of the most important tasks in the next few years Alois Stoeger mentioned the integration of refugees in the Austrian labor market.

Among the interested guests were Andreas Gnesda (President Austrian Trade Association), Rainer Schamberger (CEO Payment Services Austria), Rudolf Semrad (former Swatch Group CEO) and Peter Wesely (Managing Director “Wirtschaft für Integration”).

July 11th, 2016
Sabine Seidler, Rector of the Vienna University of Technology

At the invitation of Professor Sabine Seidler, the Trenkwalder Salon Summer Special 2016 took place on Monday, July 11, 2016 in the event location TotheSky. 

Since October 2011, Sabine Seidler is Rector of the Technical University in Vienna and thereby Chairman of the Rectorate. With 30,000 students and 4,800 employees, the Vienna University of Technology is the largest research and educational institute in the scientific-technical area in Austria.

Under the motto “Technology for People” the Technical University has been center of research, teaching and studies for more than 200 years. With that the Technical University combines fundamental and applied research as well as research-oriented teachings on a high level.

The TutheSky event room is located in the office tower at the Getreidemarkt in the 6th district in Vienna. Since the completion of the general renovation in 2014 the former chemistry skyscraper is the first energy-plus office tower in Austria. The event space TUtheSky is located on the top floor of the building; its generous terraces offer a stunning view of the city center and the western part of Vienna.

Among invited guests were Rudolf Semrad, formerly Swatch Group Austria; Claudia Daeubner, Success & Career Consulting; Oliver Krupitza, paybox Bank AG; Selma Prodanovic, Brainswork; Nikolai de Arnoldi, HYPO NÖ Group

Photo: Sabine Seidler, Rector of TU Vienna and Michael Krottmayer, CFO Trenkwalder International AG

June 6th, 2016
Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the National Bank of Austria

The Trenkwalder Salon on June 6, 2016 was held under the title “200 years OENB – Current issues of the monetary policy”. Karoly Pataki, CEO of Trenkwalder International was delighted to welcome Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the National Bank of Austria (OENB) and congratulated him on 200 years OENB.

Ewald Nowotny was able to report results of the prognosis press conference of the OENB, which took place in the morning of the same day: “The economic situation is picking up,” the Governor comments on the forecasted 1.6 percent economic growth this year. He expects an acceleration of growth which is driven mainly by two domestic factors: the effects of the income tax reform in January 2016, and the deficit-financed spending on asylum seekers and refugees.

For the years 2017 and 2018 an economic growth of 1.5% is predicted. Unemployment will rise in 2017 to 6.1% and decline slightly again in 2018. Reasons for this are the increasing labor participation of legally recognized asylum seekers and migrants, as well as of women and older jobholders.

Among the guests were Brigitte Bierlein (Vice-President of the Austrian Constitutional Court), Nikolai de Arnoldi (HYPO NÖ), Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Standard) and Wolfgang Spiller (CEO of Schlumberger).

Captions: (Governor Ewald Nowotny, Karoly Pataki)


May 18th, 2016
Peter Hanke, Managing Director of Wien Holding

Karoly Pataki, CEO of Trenkwalder International welcomed
Peter Hanke, Managing Director of Wien Holding at the Trenkwalder Salon on May 18, 2016 in the office premises in the first district of Vienna.

Peter Hanke started working at the Wien Holding in 1993; since 2002 he, as Managing Director, is in charge of Culture- and Event Management, Logistics and Mobility.

The Wien Holding is owned by the City of Vienna and has an annual turnover of approximately 570 million EUR with around 75 companies, ensuring both directly and indirectly more than 16,500 jobs. The 75 companies operate with approx. 3,000 employees in the fields of culture, real estate, logistics and media.

The companies that belong to the Wien Holding implemented a variety of projects that have affected positively the image of Vienna as well as the people living there. Examples are besides others: the successful completion of the Song Contest 2015, numerous great projects of the Kunst Haus Wien, the excellent success story of the Jewish Museum and the Mozart Haus, which already celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Among the guests were Bettina Leidl (Director Kunst Haus Wien), Sabine Seidler (Vice Chancellor Technical University Vienna), Rudolf Semrad (former General Manager, Swatch Group Austria) and Ursula Simacek (General Manager, Simacek GmbH).


Photo: Maria Rauch-Kallat, Nikolai de Arnoldi, Karoly Pataki, Sabine Seidler, Peter Hanke (left to right)

April 21st, 2016
Wolfgang Anzengruber, CEO VERBUND AG

Numerous personalities from business and politics gathered on Thursday on the occasion of the fifth Trenkwalder Salon in2016 in the Trenkwalder office premises in the first district. Wolfgang Anzengruber came at the invitation of Trenkwalder CEO, Karoly Pataki to attend the Trenkwalder Salon as special guest.

The VERBUND AG is Austria’s leading energy company and one of the largest producers of hydropower in Europe.  In the view of Wolfgang Anzengruber, de-carbonization is one of the greatest challenges in the near future. The target is a global climate change agreement with binding targets regarding CO2 reduction. Since CO2 is a main driver of global warming, e-mobility is getting more and more important, not least because of the recent scandals regarding exhaust gases.

Another key challenge is the digital transformation. With a 30% share, renewable energy is the most important source in Germany. Germany now already produces more renewable energy than nuclear energy in their peak times.

Austria’s electricity production has been based at all times on renewable energy due to a high share of hydro power (approx. 70 %). The recently achieved increase is primarily based on the subsidized expansion of wind power and photovoltaics.

Present were, among others: Gernot Blümel, ÖVP Wien
Landesparteiobmann; Artur Lorkowski, the Polish Ambassador in Vienna; Dorothee Ritz, General Manager at Microsoft Austria and Sabine Seidler, Rector at the Technical University, Vienna


March 15th, 2016
Johanna Rachinger

Karoly Pataki, CEO of Trenkwalder International welcomed Johanna Rachinger, Managing Director of the Austrian National Library at the Trenkwalder Salon on March 15, 2016 in the office premises the first district of Vienna.

The central theme of the subsequent talk was the transformation of tasks of libraries in times of digitization. The collections of Austria’s largest library are intended not only for scientific purposes, they are also accessible for the general public. 50,000 publications are collected each year, including books, all newspapers and magazines and online publications. The digital services are continuously expanded with the aim to allow universal access to information as easy as possible and to encourage lifelong learning.

A partnership with the Internet Company Google was set up, with the goal to digitize all historic works from the early 16th to the second half of the 19th century. In total, approximately 600,000 works with about 200 million pages are provided free of charge, both on the website of the Austrian National Library, as well as on Google worldwide.

The Austrian National Library also comprises museums with up to 250,000 visitors a year, as the Globe Museum with 250 especially valuable globes, the Esperanto Museum of Artificial Languages ​​and the Papyrus Museum with an excerpt from the inventory of 180,000 papyri.
The exhibition “The Eternal Emperor” on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Emperor Franz Joseph shows highlights out of 10,000 photographs, graphics, books and other documents. For the first time on public view are the farewell letters of Mary Vetsera of Mayerling, who committed suicide together with Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889.The exhibition is open until November 2016.

Among the interested listeners were Bettina Leidl (Kunsthaus Wien), Christina Schwarz (Wien Museum), Sabine Seidler (University of Technology Vienna), Rudolf Semrad (formerly Swatch Group Austria) and Maria Rauch-Kallat (mrk diversity management gmbh) who moderated the event.

February 15th, 2016
Federal Minister Hans Jörg Schelling

In a proven manner Karoly Pataki, CEO of Trenkwalder International invited decision makers of the Austrian industry for the 12th time to participate at the Trenkwalder Salon. Karoly Pataki was pleased to welcome the Federal Minister of Finance, Hans Jörg Schelling at the headquarters in the center of Vienna.

The Word-Rap at the beginning, moderated by Maria Rauch-Kallat, caused a good mood. The guests learned that the Finance Minister has twice received the Austrian State Award for marketing and advertising (Rudolf Leiner Ges.m.b.H. and XXXLutz KG). In private the Minister owns a winery, having discovered this passion in the Italian region of Friuli.

During the evening, the guests heard more about the plans of the Minister of Finance for the coming months. Topics were of course tax reform, pensions, job security and guaranteed minimum income.

For 2019 the Federal Minister is targeting a zero deficit. “No wealth tax and no gift tax with me,” he confirmed for his current term as Finance Minister at the end of a highly informative as well as entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Participants were besides others Bettina Glatz-Kremsner, Casinos Austria AG, Günter Thumser, Henkel CEE, Gerald Steger, café+co and Kinga Göncz, former Hungarian Foreign Minister.


February 8th, 2016
Sabine Herlitschka

Der Trenkwalder Salon am 8. Februar 2016 fand unter dem Thema „Industrie 4.0: Chance für intelligentes Wirtschaftswachstum“ statt. Karoly Pataki, CEO von Trenkwalder International, hatte mit
DI Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, Vorstandsvorsitzende und CTO von Infineon Technologies Austria, eine weltweilt erfolgreiche Innovationsexpertin eingeladen.

Dr. Herlitschka präsentierte ihre Erfahrungen und Gedanken zum Thema Industrie 4.0 und bestätigte, daß die digitale Transformation derzeit kaum eine Branche unberührt läßt. Die damit einhergehenden Herausforderungen sollten als Chance begriffen und die Digitalisierung offensiv genutzt werden.
Ihrer Aussage nach ist Europas Industrie in vielen Bereichen auf der Verliererstraße, mit Digitalisierung und Industrie 4.0 kann der Trend umgekehrt werden.

Aufgrund der zahlreichen Frauen unter den Gästen appellierte Dr. Herlitschka für mehr Frauen in der Technik: „Auch das ist eine Chance für die Zukunft. Es gibt zur Zeit zu wenige Absolventen in Technik und Naturwissenschaften. Eine bessere Ausbildung speziell mit Blickrichtung Technik ist für alle eine Chance in der Zukunft – besonders für Frauen.“

Anwesend waren unter anderem Ursula Simacek (Simacek Facility Management), BM a.D. Maria Rauch-Kallat (mrk diversity management gmbh), Druckerei-Unternehmerin Doris Wallner-Bösmüller, Claudia Daeubner (Success & Career Consulting), TU-Rektorin Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Sabine Seidler, Kammersängerin Ildiko Raimondi, Oliver Krupitza, Vorstandsvorsitzender der paybox Bank und Roland Litzinger (GrECo International).

Bildtext: Maria Rauch-Kallat, Doris Wallner-Bösmüller, Sabine Herlitschka, Sabine Seidler und Ursula Simacek mit Trenkwalder Salon-Gastgeber Karoly Pataki (v.l.n.r.)