Vienna. On Thursday, the Ibiza Committee of Inquiry once again dealt with the conversion of the state holding Öbib to Öbag. Supervisory board member Susanne Höllinger, who defended her nomination in February 2019, was invited. On the one hand, it was known at the time that she was a proven financial expert and free. Because she ended her job at Kathrein Privatbank, which is owned by Raiffeisenbank International, at the end of 2018.
On the other hand, it was “also on the women's menu,” as Höllinger put it in her opening statement. Therefore, she did not find it surprising that the then finance minister, Hartwig Löger (ÖVP), approached her. He called her in January to see if she was interested. After a short period of reflection, she said yes. There was no acquaintance with Löger. Her party affiliation was “in no way” an issue at the time, nor did she ask “anyone” about it.
The restructuring from Öbib to Öbag, which manages state shares in Telekom Austria, Post, OMV and other companies, was necessary. In this way a “modern portfolio management” was created according to “international standards”. (APA)