Doraja Eberle hands over to Franz Karl Prüller and the Foundation streamlines its structures

Franz Karl Prueller

The Chairwoman of the Managing Board of ERSTE Foundation, Doraja Eberle, will resign her office per the end of the year and hand over to her fellow Board member Franz Karl Prüller. This change was approved by the Supervisory Board on 22 September 2014. She will continue to be available to the ERSTE Foundation in a consulting capacity as the new Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Doraja Eberle took over the Chairmanship of ERSTE Foundation, the main shareholder of the Erste Group, on 15 December 2012. Her main task was to modify the private savings banks foundation working for the common good in accordance with the new economic conditions following the economic crisis of 2008. In recent years the Foundation has responded to the continuingly difficult economic situation and has reduced a large portion of its debts by selling shares. The bringing together of the two functions of “Chairman” and “operational responsibility” in the Managing Board also formed part of the reorganisation of the Foundation. A new strategic plan was drawn up with clear points of focus: concentration on a smaller number of projects, and a limited number of activities. With the recently adopted resolution to remove a hierarchical level in the programme area, which affects two Programme Directors, due consideration has been given to the limited possibilities for growth available to the Foundation over the next few years.

Among Eberle’s achievements in the two years since she took office has been defining important content-based points of focus within the Foundation’s programme. During her period of office, for example, the ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy was formed, an educational institution for social organisations in Central and South Eastern Europe. At the end of the year Doraja Eberle will hand over the chairmanship of the Foundation’s Managing Board and her management tasks to Franz Karl Prüller, who has been working for the Foundation since 2005, initially as Programme Director for Social Development, and since the end of 2012 as a Member of the Managing Board. With this move, the previous dual management will be combined in the person of the new Chairman, thus contributing to the streamlining of structures and costs.