Peter Pirkner has taken over the leadership of human resources in the OMV Group as Senior Vice President, effective October 4, 2021. He reports directly to the OMV CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Alfred Stern.
With Peter Pirkner, the OMV group has added an experienced HR manager to the team that can make significant contributions to the required transformation. In addition to a Masters in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Minnesota, he studied economic and organizational psychology at the University of Vienna. He looks back on three decades of experience as an international HR manager and as an advisor in the field of HR Management Consulting. Peter Pirkner’s previous positions include Head of Group HR for UniCredit Leasing in Milan, ÖBB Holding AG and A1 Telekom Austria AG, as well as Associate Partner at EY. Most recently he has managed his own strategic consulting firm, guiding companies through their digital transformation.
“OMV is at the start of a major transformation towards a circular economy and a higher level of sustainability. The success of our change process is decisively tied to our people, which is also why HR management is such an important role. That is why I am delighted that we have managed to bring Peter Pirkner on board as our head of human resources. He will bring his comprehensive know-how regarding change and transformation processes to this critical phase for our company”, said Alfred Stern, OMV CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board.
Isabell Hametner has decided to leave the company in order to embrace new challenges. She was Senior Vice President for Human Resources from April 2016 and together with her team she played a key role in the realigning OMV and in modernizing HR management in the group.
OMV produces and markets oil and gas, as well as chemical products and solutions in a responsible way and develops innovative solutions for a circular economy. With Group sales revenues of EUR 17 bn and a workforce of around 25,000 employees in 2020 (incl. Borealis), OMV is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Exploration & Production, OMV has a strong base in Central and Eastern Europe as well as a balanced international portfolio, with Middle East & Africa, the North Sea, Russia and Asia-Pacific as core regions. Daily average production was 463,000 boe/d in 2020 with an emphasis on natural gas. In Refining & Marketing, OMV operates three refineries in Europe and owns a 15% share in ADNOC Refining and ADNOC Global Trading, with a total processing capacity of more than 500,000 bbl/d. Furthermore, OMV operates about 2,100 filling stations in ten European countries and runs gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2020, total natural gas sales volumes amounted to around 164 TWh. In Chemicals & Materials, OMV, together with its subsidiary Borealis, is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilizers and the mechanical recycling of plastics. The company supplies services and products to customers around the globe through Borealis and its two important joint ventures: Borouge (with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, or ADNOC, based in UAE) and Baystar™ (with Total, based in the US). Sustainability is an integral part of OMV’s corporate strategy. OMV supports the transition to a lower-carbon economy and has set measurable targets for reducing carbon intensity as well as for the implementation of new energy and petrochemical solutions.