Profile of Dr. Harald Sommerer
From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Harald Sommerer studied business administration (corporate management and controlling) at the Vienna University of Economics. From 1990 to 1994 he made his doctorate in social and economic sciences from the Vienna University of Economics.
From 1995 to 1997 he was at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated with a Master of Management in June 1997. The focus was on the areas of Finance, Accounting and Management and Strategy. For this he received both the “Outstanding Student Award for Accounting and Information Systems” and the “Top Student Award for Investment Banking”. He also made it onto the “Dean’s Honor List”.
Sommerer’s career began with a trainee program from 1991 to 1992. From 1992 to 1995 he worked in foreign exchange trading, more precisely in corporate banking for foreign exchange and interest rate products. Further stations led him to Creditanstalt-Bankverein Vienna. From 1997 to 2010 he was a member of the Management Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG with responsibility for Sales and Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, Trading, Strategy and Business Development and Development Circuits and Components (DCC).
From 2010 to 2013, he was CEO of the listed lighting specialist Zumtobel AG before starting to build up an investment portfolio in 2013. Dr. Sommerer is a member of a number of supervisory and advisory boards.