Knapp, the leading Austrian warehouse automation supplier, has appointed Christian Grabner as Executive Vice President.

Having achieved record turnover in the financial year 2010-2011 and with the highest number of employees in the company’s history, the Knapp group is now expanding its management team. The Managing Board – comprising Eduard Wünscher and Gerald Hofer – will now be supported by Christian Grabner as Executive Vice President, alongside the existing Executive Management Team of Franz Mathi and Gerald Lassau. In his new position, Dr Grabner will be responsible for the group’s finances and involved in both strategy and site development.

Commented Knapp CEO, Eduard Wünscher, “Christian Grabner’s expertise and especially his excellent interpersonal skills have convinced us to appoint him as Executive Vice President of Knapp AG. Our employees appreciate his down-to-earth and open-minded personality. With his natural ability to lead conversations at eye level and his openness to new opinions, he is a great motivator with a genuine enthusiasm for the company.”

Christian Grabner is excited about this career move: “For me, it is a real challenge and a great pleasure to be able to take an active part in shaping the future of an international company. In our Corporate Headquarters and Development Centre in the Austrian region of Styria, we unite all levels of value creation from conceptual design and production to comprehensive after-care of complex logistics systems. Over the next few years, we will continue our successful progress, offering a fascinating working environment for a large number of individuals.”

Dr Grabner, 33, has worked for Knapp since 2006 and until now has been employed as Head of the Controlling Department. Prior to this position, he worked on several projects for international companies and gave lectures for the Steirische Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft (Styrian National Economy Society) and Campus 02 University of Applied Sciences. Christian Grabner has a PhD in Economics, as well as degrees in Business Administration, Business Education and Electrical Engineering.

Knapp UK Ltd

Mr Craig Rollason, Head of Sales & Marketing

Tel: 01844 202149


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