Since April 2017, Georg Roiss is Chairman of the Verbund Supervisory Board. The withdrawal from the committee of the supervisory board seems fixed and would not be a surprise in the course of the state reform. Former ex-CEO of OMV is still on the board of directors of the Swiss Sulzer Group.
The unconfirmed withdrawal of Gerhard Roiss from the management of Verbund's supervisory board would not be a surprise, as ÖBAG (formerly ÖBIB) is also expected to see an increase in state influence.
With this reform, Finance Minister Hartvig Leger (ÖVP) wants to give the federal government a greater influence on the management of investment by state-owned companies. The new state holding company ÖBAG, which in the future will become a joint-stock company, should also be subordinate to Verbund.
The trend was already announced in September 2018 that Rois could be replaced at the annual general assembly in the spring of 2019, which was already confirmed at the time in the ÖVP circles.
Royce, as CEO of OMV, has always emphasized his independence from political parties – it is worth mentioning a corporation in which the Republic of Austria is a major shareholder.
The prospect that the state can exert greater influence in the future has already led OMV head Peter Löscher to declare his withdrawal from that position.
Without a party book
Royce does not have a party book, and has always firmly denied the alleged proximity to a FVO. In fact, he made much of his career in the Wolfgang Rutenstörfer stream, which he managed in 1997 on OMV's board, so that Ruttenstörfer took a break from OMV until 2000 and went to the Treasury for the SPÖ as Secretary of State. Roiss was responsible for the plastics and chemicals sector.
On April 1, 2011, just one day before his 59th birthday and more than two decades after joining OMV, Gerhard Roas took over the leadership of the oil and gas group, allowing Routenstorfer for the second time since his departure Royce.
Over a quarter of a century, Gerhard Roiss's OMV career came to an early end. After receiving a new contract in 2013, there has been a growing controversy in the management of OMV since 2014. In October, the supervisory board at Rudolf Kemler announced that Rosie would leave the company on June 30, 2015, with a benefit of just under 3 million euros. According to several commentators, he was the victim of a political intrigue. His successor to OMV was not regulated until March 2015 when Rainer Seele was nominated for the new CEO and took up his position on 30 June 2015.
As early as April 2015, Royce took office in the board of directors of the Swiss industrial group Sulzer. In April 2017 he became Chairman of Verbund's Supervisory Board.
Gerhard Ross (66) from Linz is married and father of three children. One of his hobbies was held – in 2002 he co-founded the Linz marathon. Royce is an honorary senator at the University of Linz and Stanford University.