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Gusenbauer to head Strabag supervisory board

Former Social Democratic (SPÖ) Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer is to become supervisory board chief at Austria’s biggest construction firm.

Strabag officials announced yesterday (Thurs) that Gusenbauer would be elected head of the company’s supervisory board as well as head of Strabag chief Hans Peter Haselsteiner’s family foundation at the 18 June shareholders’ general assembly.

Gusenbauer headed a government coalition of the SPÖ and the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) for one and a half years before retiring from politics in December 2008.

The former SPÖ leader subsequently worked for the Lower Austrian Labour Chamber (AKNÖ) for a short time before taking on several consulting assignments for high-profile businesses.

Vienna-based Strabag is Austria’s biggest construction firm as far as order value is concerned. It focuses on Germany, Austria and the Central and Eastern European region (CEE).

One of its latest major projects is construction of a bypass tunnel in the Swiss region of Graubünden for around 60 million Euros starting in June.

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