Brigitte Ederer

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Brigitte Ederer (2015)

Brigitte Ederer (born February 27, 1956 in Vienna ) is an Austrian industrial manager and former politician ( SPÖ ). She was a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and previously EU State Secretary in the Austrian Federal Chancellery at the time Austria was preparing to join the EU.


Brigitte Ederer is the daughter of a single mother who moved with her and her brother Anton from the Waldviertel to Vienna. She attended a federal high school in Vienna's 21st district, Floridsdorf , and then studied economics at the University of Vienna . In 1980 she completed her studies with the academic degree Magister.

From 1977 to 1992 she worked for the economics department of the Vienna Chamber of Labor . Previously she was active with the Rote Falken , the Socialist Youth and the VSStÖ , from 1980 she participated in the party work of the SPÖ Leopoldstadt (2nd district of Vienna), where she soon lived.

After the National Council election in 1983 , when Ederer appeared in a non-eligible position on the Vienna SPÖ candidate list, the long-time Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky resigned. In the course of the following changes, the Viennese MP Franziska Fast moved to the Ombudsman Board . As a successor, Ederer was sworn in on July 5, 1983 as the first member of the SPÖ under the magical age limit of 30 years in the National Council, which at that time was dominated by an SPÖ- FPÖ coalition ( Federal Government Sinowatz ). For the time being she remained a member of parliament for almost nine years until 1992 and was a member of the National Council twice for short periods from 1994–1997.

In her function as European State Secretary to Federal Chancellor Franz Vranitzky from April 3, 1992, she promoted Austria's accession to the EU and promoted the Ederer Thousand . As Vranitzky's representative, she negotiated with Foreign Minister Alois Mock in Brussels. On March 1, 1994, the accession negotiations were concluded after an overnight finish; a photo on which Mock gives Ederer a kiss out of joy went through the media.

In the referendum on June 12, 1994 , 66.6% of the Austrians voting decided in favor of joining what was then the EC , which took place on January 1, 1995.

After resigning as State Secretary on October 27, 1995, she became Federal Managing Director of the SPÖ (until 1997) and then Finance and Economic Councilor in Vienna (see provincial government and city senate Häupl II ). During this time she was also president of the Vienna Tourist Board .

After leaving politics in mid-December 2000, Ederer moved to the executive board of Siemens AG Austria . At the end of the Supervisory Board meeting on December 13, 2005, Brigitte Ederer succeeded Albert Hochleitner as General Director and CEO of Siemens Austria. In May 2010, Ederer moved to the Executive Board of Siemens AG in Munich . She was in charge of Corporate Human Resources and was responsible for the economic region Europe including Germany. In September 2013 she was dismissed early and therefore received a compensation payment of 5,600,000 euros.

Brigitte Ederer has been chairwoman of the Association of the Electrical and Electronics  Industry (FEEI) in the Austrian Chamber of Commerce since May 2010 . In 2019 she handed over the office to her successor Wolfgang Hesoun .

In September 2014, Ederer was elected chairman of the supervisory board of ÖBB . Also in September 2014 she resigned from her position on the ÖIAG supervisory board. On February 9, 2018, an extraordinary general meeting of the ÖBB resolved on the initiative of the new owner representatives of the Federal Government Kurz I to recall Ederer and most of the members of the supervisory board. At the end of February 2018, Arnold Schiefer succeeded her as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ÖBB-Holding AG . On May 27, 2020, the ORF reported that Ederer should return to the ÖBB supervisory board at the request of Mobility Minister Leonore Gewessler ( Federal Government Short II ). This took effect on May 28, 2020.

Ederer is a member of the supervisory board of Boehringer Ingelheim , Infineon , Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment and Wien Holding .

Political career

  • Member of the National Council , successor in the constituency of Vienna, July 1, 1983–3. April 1992; XVI.-XVIII. Legislative Period (GP)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Club of SPÖ MPs (1990–1992)
  • EU State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery, April 3, 1992–27. October 1995; Federal government Vranitzky III and Vranitzky IV
  • Member of the National Council, November 7th – 14th December 1994, XIX. GP, and November 6, 1995-31. January 1997; XIX. and XX. GP
  • Official City Councilor for Finance, Economic Policy and Wiener Stadtwerke, January 31, 1997-14. December 2000, state government and city senate Häupl II


Brigitte Ederer is married to Hannes Swoboda , who was a SPÖ member of the European Parliament until 2014. The two live in Vienna's 2nd district, Leopoldstadt , where Ederer has been politically active since the early 1980s. In her function as a former top manager, she is portrayed in the NDR documentary Einsamespitze - Top Manager am Limit (2016) by Tina Soliman and Torsten Lapp.



Web links

Commons : Brigitte Ederer  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ As the successor to Franziska Fast: The youngest SP MP comes from Leopoldstadt . Report from the SPÖ organ Arbeiter-Zeitung , Vienna, July 5, 1983, p. 2
  2. Wirtschaftsblatt newspaper , Vienna, website from May 4, 2010 ( Memento from April 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Gerald John and Nina Weissensteiner: “Let's found a party” , interview with Ederer and Mock , in: Wochenzeitung Falter , Vienna, No. 29/2005
  4. ORF-Online: Ex-Siemens boss Löscher receives 17 million euros in severance pay ; Retrieved Nov. 27, 2013
  5. FEEI: Ederer is the new chairperson of the Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry. FEEI press release of May 27, 2010, accessed on August 23, 2012.
  6. Wolfgang Hesoun new President of the Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry (FEEI). Retrieved November 19, 2019 .
  7. - Brigitte Ederer becomes head of the ÖBB supervisory board . Article dated September 10, 2014, accessed September 11, 2014.
  8. Ederer resigns as a member of the ÖIAG supervisory board
  9. ^ Announcement on the website of the daily newspaper Der Standard , Vienna, dated February 11, 2018
  10. ^ ÖBB: Arnold Schiefer is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board . OTS notification dated February 28, 2018, accessed March 1, 2018.
  11. ^ - ARD Play-Out-Center Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany: The story in the first: Einsame Spitze. In: Retrieved November 28, 2016 .
  12. - Award for Brigitte Ederer . Article dated November 6, 2006, accessed June 17, 2015.