KEY PERSONALITY BRIEF CHRISTIAN WINTERSTEIGER
Name: Dipl.-BW Christian Wintersteiger MBA
Born: 30.05.1963 in Linz/Austria
Married to: Annabella Wintersteiger
1 Daughter: Isabella Bianca Wintersteiger MSc
My working career started as an apprentice at VOEST-ALPINE AG in 1978 and after obtaining the national qualification in 1981 I worked as commercial clerk in different departments within the metallurgical coke and coke oven gas production unit of the renowned high quality steel manufacturer. This gave me a good insight and foundation in the various aspects of office administration, production statistics and financial reporting.
Seeking new challenges outside Austria I took up the post of Commercial Manager of the Company’s ‘Oilfield Division’ in Benghazi/Libya in 1988, handling all commercial and financial aspects of that branch office: this was by far the most decisive step in my working career. 3 years later I gained promotion to Finance Manager Tripoli, where 90% of the Company’s activity in Libya took place. In 1992, after restructuring, our department was transferred to Voest-Alpine Machinery Construction and Engineering (MCE) where I was offered the post of Finance Manager at the Head Office in Linz; a post I held for two years. During this time the Company went through a major restructuring process, resulting in the formation of ‘Voest Alpine Oilfield Services’, operating out of Malta. As a consequence, the head office was moved from Austria to Malta in 1994. I also relocated to Malta becoming responsible for all financial and accounting aspects of this new company, reporting directly to the Managing Director.
Another milestone in both the Company’s history and my own career took place in 1997, when our former mother company Voest Alpine MCE decided to embark upon a Management Buyout: this resulted in complete independence from MCE and the change of Company name to VAOS Limited. In 2000, due to the retirement of Farrokh Firouzabadi, I became one of two Managing Directors, alongside Johann Tomek.
Interests & Hobbies: trekking, cycling, gym, swimming, cinema, reading, art, music, traveling, food, people & cultures.
Motto in Life: Be open minded, keep on discovering, keep learning and take on new challenges as they present themselves.