His degree in Economics first took Franz to Austria’s Federal Ministry of Finance, where he was a supervisor of the financial market authority. In 2001, a career change brought Franz to Erste Bank. Starting off in the Communications and Public Affairs department, he soon became Head of the Company Secretariat. In the early years of ERSTE Foundation, he was Managing Director of the Legal Affairs department (from 2003 to 2012). He has been a Member of the Board at ERSTE Foundation since 2016.