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SIGNAMILESTONES IN THE COMPANY'S HISTORY

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2000

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Founding of SIGNA Holding GmbH (IMMOFINA until 2006) in Innsbruck

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2001

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Entry of Karl Kovarik as private financial investor

Opening of the Vienna office

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2002

Entry of Marcus Mühlberger as CEO of SIGNA Holding GmbH

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2003

Founding of SIGNA Property Funds Holding

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2004

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Start of development of Kaufhaus Tyrol

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2005

Opening of the Düsseldorf office

Establishment of the Advisory Board

René Benko

René Benko

René Benko, born in 1977, is the founder of SIGNA and chairman of the SIGNA Holding GmbH Advisory Board. Since SIGNA’s establishment in 2000, almost EUR 10 billion have been successfully invested in core +, value add and opportunistic real estate projects. In addition, a group of retailers with annual revenues of over EUR 3 billion was established.

Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer

Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer

Alfred Gusenbauer is a former Austrian Federal Chancellor. After leaving politics, he took up a number of supervisory board positions, including at Austria’s largest construction company Strabag, and Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), a German daily newspaper.  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University since 2009. Mr Gusenbauer is an expert in foreign, security and economic policy, and has numerous Austrian and foreign accolades to his name.

Ernst Tanner

Ernst Tanner

Ernst Tanner, born in 1946 in Schaffhausen/Switzerland, is CEO and President of Lindt & Sprüngli. He has been head of the Swiss chocolate producing enterprise for 23 years and has turned the takeover candidate into a flourishing global company.  This is how he succeeded in substantially raising the annual turnover and in increasing stock market value of Lindth & Sprüngli twenty-fold. Before that, Ernst Tanner has worked for the American consumer goods producer Johnson & Johnson for more than 20 years; in his last position he was head of European operations. Additionally, Ernst Tanner is member of the Board of Directors of the Swatch Group as well as of the German Brewery Krombacher. Moreover, Ernst Tanner has been member of the Board of Directors and of the Advisory Board of Credit Suisse for more than 15 years.

Walid A. Chammah

Walid A. Chammah

Walid A. Chammah, born 1954 in Beirut/Libanon, is a former Morgan Stanley executive. He was Chairman of Morgan Stanley International and served as a member of the Morgan Stanley Management and Operating Committees. Between September 2007 and December 2009, Chammah was Co-President of Morgan Stanley, overseeing the Firm’s Institutional Securities business and operations. He is based in London. After his retirement in January 2012, Walid Chammah became senior advisor to several companies.

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Prof. Dr. h.c. Roland Berger

Roland Berger is regarded as Grand Seigneur of the international consulting sector. In 1967 he founded Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the leading global advisory firm headquartered in Europe, of which he is honorary chairman. In addition, he is member of several supervisory and advisory boards. His Roland Berger foundation annually awards the Roland Berger trophy on human dignity and assists talented children from socially disadvantaged families to enter higher education.

Günter Koller

Günter Koller

Günter Koller was born in 1965 in Munich. He began his career as lawyer at the commercial law firm BEITEN BURKHARDT MITTEL & Wegner specializing in real estate and banking law. In 1997, together with colleagues, he founded GSK, a law firm specialized in real estate, bank and financial law. In mid-2001 he left the company and became CEO of the Wilhelm von Finck Hauptverwaltung GmbH in Munich. The Family Office advises Mr Wilhelm von Finck and two other wealthy clients in all wealth-related matters with the exception of financial services. Günter Koller is Vice-Chairman of the Quantum Immobilien AG in Hamburg and of the Isarklinik AG in Munich. He is Member of the Advisory Board of Accumulata AG, of GIEAG and of Hammer AG, all based in Munich as well as of the 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG in Vienna. Moreover, is Member of the Advisory Board of Paramount REIT PGRE in New York.

Dr. Susanne Riess

Dr. Susanne Riess

Susanne Riess’s extensive political experience saw her named Austrian Vice-Chancellor in 2000. After leaving politics, she became chairwoman of the board of Austrian home loan savings and insurance group Wüstenrot in 2004. She also sits on a number of supervisory boards, including at Switzerland’s IHAG Privatbank.

Karl Samstag

Karl Samstag

Karl Stoss has a degree in business administration. Early in his career he was a partner at management solutions company Management Zentrum St. Gallen and a lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. In 1997 he became deputy chairman of the executive board of Österreichische Postsparkasse AG before joining the Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG executive board in 2001. He was appointed CEO of Generali Versicherung AG in 2005. Karl Stoss has been CEO of Casinos Austria AG since 2007 and was elected president of the Austrian Olympic Committee in 2009.

Dr. Karl Stoss

Dr. Karl Stoss

Karl Stoss has a degree in business administration. Early in his career he was a partner at management solutions company Management Zentrum St. Gallen and a lecturer at the University of Innsbruck. In 1997 he became deputy chairman of the executive board of Österreichische Postsparkasse AG before joining the Raiffeisen Zentralbank AG executive board in 2001. He was appointed CEO of Generali Versicherung AG in 2005. Karl Stoss has been CEO of Casinos Austria AG since 2007 and was elected president of the Austrian Olympic Committee in 2009.

Dr. Peter Hasskamp

Dr. Peter Hasskamp

Since stepping down as CEO and Chairman of Bremer Landesbank in 2004 after 16 years in the job, Peter Hasskamp has held a wide range of supervisory board and consulting positions, including at Bremer Landesbank Stiftung, a foundation, and EGC Eurogroup Unternehmensberatung AG in Frankfurt.

Rainer de Backere

Rainer de Backere

Rainer de Backere served as a Member of Management Board of Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung AG and was responsible for all investments of the group with special focus also to real estate investments Until 2005. Rainer de Backere holds a number of supervisory and counseling mandates in the financial and real estate industry. (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Frankonia Eurobau AG,  Member of Advisory Board at Quantum Immobilien AG)

Dr. Karl Sevelda

Dr. Karl Sevelda

Karl Sevelda, born 1950, studied at Vienna University of Economics and Business from 1968, completing his studies in 1973 with a Master’s in Social and Economic Sciences. In the following years up to 1976 he carried out freelance research activities on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research as well as for the Federal Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Industry. At the same time, he worked for the Institute of Economic Policy. In 1980 Sevelda gained his Doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences. Between 1977 and 1983 Sevelda was a consultant in Commercial Credits and Export Financing with the Creditanstalt-Bankverein, and from 1983 to 1985 he was Economic Policy Director at the Office of the Federal Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Norbert Steger. In 1985 service tours with banks took him to Great Britain and the United States. After his return in 1986 he went back to Creditanstalt-Bankenverein. Until its privatisation in 1997 he was engaged there as Executive Head of Department for Export Financing, Deputy Director of the Financing Division, Director of the Division for International Corporations and Insurance, as well as Director of the Corporate Clients Division. In 1998 Sevelda moved to Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich, where he was a Member of the Board of Directors. In this role he carried worldwide responsibility for the Divisions of “Company Clients Business and Corporate” as well as “Trade and Export Finance”. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), and from 7 June 2013 Chair of the Board until 2017. Under his leadership, capital reserves were built up to meet the strict Basel III requirements. In 2014 the bank was able to repay participation capital issued during the 2009 crisis. Nearing the end of his term, RBI merged with its parent Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB), enhancing efficiency and transparency. In March 2017 he was succeeded by Johann Strobl as Chair of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank International.

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2006

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Switch to single name of SIGNA in the Group

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2007

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New location in Vienna – Palais Harrach

Opening of the Munich office

Purchase of the Bawag portfolio > EUR 450 million

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2008

Acquisition of the Bank Austria head office “Länderbank” in Vienna

Opening of the Luxembourg office

Opening of the Zürich office

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2009

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Alfred Gusenbauer becomes Chairman of the Advisory Board of SIGNA Holding GmbH

Sale of 50% of SIGNA Holding GmbH shares to the Greek ship owner
and art collector George Economou

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2010

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Total investments in real estate > EUR 800 million

New financing volume > EUR 1 billion

Acquisition of the IZD Tower, the largest office tower in Austria

Acquisition of the Deutsche Börse [German Stock Exchange] in Frankfurt, Eschborn

Founding of SIGNA Prime Selection AG

Opening of Kaufhaus Tyrol in March 2010 (approx. 5 million visitors in first year)

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2011

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Acquisition of the traditional department store Oberpollinger

Entry of Wolfram Keil and Christoph Stadlhuber

Wendelin Wiedeking becomes shareholder in SIGNA Prime Selection AG
and member of the Advisory Board of SIGNA Holding GmbH

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2012

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Acquisition of KaDeWe in Berlin, together with a portfolio of Karstadt department stores  in Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden, Stuttgart, Freiburg with a total transaction volume of > EUR 1.1 billion

Winning a property developer competition at the Vienna Central Railway Station for two office towers

The Constitutional Court moves into newly renovated office spaces in the Kunstforum building

Falcon Private Bank from Zürich becomes shareholder and its CEO Eduardo Leemann becomes member of the Supervisory Board of SIGNA Prime Selection AG and member of the Advisory Board of SIGNA Holding

Harti Weirather and Ernst Tanner become shareholders in SIGNA Prime

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2013

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Acquisition of the luxury department store Alsterhaus in the best location in Hamburg

Acquisition of the Art Nouveau-style building of the Postsparkasse in Vienna

Founding of SIGNA Retail GmbH

Purchase of Alte Akademie in Munich SIGNA Prime

The Hans Peter Haselsteiner Family Foundation joins as new shareholder in SIGNA Prime

The family office of Thorsten Toeller becomes shareholder in SIGNA Prime

Roland Berger becomes member of the SIGNA Advisory Board and a shareholder in SIGNA Prime

Founding of the “SIGNA Group Executive Board”

Dr. Dieter Berninghaus

Dr. Dieter Berninghaus

Dr. Dieter Berninghaus, born in 1965, assumed the functions of Chairman of the Executive Board at SIGNA Group and Chairman of SIGNA Retail on September 1, 2016. Previously, from the beginning of 2008 to August 2016, Mr. Berninghaus was member of the General Management and CEO at the Swiss Migros Group, being responsible for the entire retail business. Moreover, in his position as member and chairman of the board of directors Mr. Berninghaus managed 15 companies of the Swiss retail giant. Prior to this he was member and afterwards chairman of the board of directors at Denner AG/Rast Holding AG (2004-2008). Previously, Mr. Berninghaus held the positions of CEO as well as of spokesperson of the board of directors at REWE Group (1999-2004). At the Metro AG (1991-1999) – in his last position as director – Mr. Berninghaus headed the business division internationalization and strategic corporate development.

Christoph Stadlhuber

Christoph Stadlhuber

Christoph Stadlhuber, born in 1967, has been CEO of SIGNA Prime Selection AG since 2011. As Managing Director of the Austrian Federal Real Estate Corporation (Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft) from 2003 until 2011 he has accumulated more than nine years of decisive real estate experience. Prior to this he directed the office of the Austrian Economy and Labour Minister. He has been chairman of the SIGNA Executive Board since 2013.

Wolfram Keil

Wolfram Keil

Wolfram Keil, born in 1967, has been Managing Director of SIGNA Retail GmbH since 2014 and was previously CFO of the SIGNA Recap Funds. He previously worked for Cerberus Germany and Terra Firma Capital Partners in London, where he gained comprehensive experience in private equity and the real estate business. Wolfram Keil began his professional career in finance at Procter & Gamble. In 2013, he joined the SIGNA Executive Board as Group CFO.

Frank Tölle

Frank Tölle

Frank Tölle, born in 1963, has been CEO of SIGNA Funds since 2005. Before this, he was a member of the directorate of IDEENKAPITAL Financial Service AG, a subsidiary of ERGO Insurance Group, where he was primarily responsible for the conception of closed-end investment fund products. In 2013, he joined the SIGNA Executive Board.

Jürgen Fenk

Jürgen Fenk

Born in 1966, Jürgen Fenk became CEO of SIGNA Holding and joined the SIGNA Group Executive Board on 1 October 2017. He was previously a member of the management board of Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (helaba), where he was responsible for real estate, debt capital markets and financial institutions. Mr Fenk has extensive experience of the banking, capital market and property sectors. In his new position he will primarily focus on banking, capital markets and capital sourcing for the Group. He will also be responsible for establishing the SIGNA Group’s new proptech, debt fund and insurance business units.

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2014

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With the project “PARKAPARTMENTS AM BELVEDERE" SIGNA enters the sector of
high-quality residential construction

Opening of the luxury hotel Park Hyatt Vienna and completion of the Golden Quarter in Vienna

Takeover of the three Karstadt divisions Department Stores, Premium and Sports

Purchase of the AUSTRIA CAMPUS, building-approved land for the construction of the Austria headquarters of the UniCredit Bank Austria

Complete takeover of the German luxury department stores KaDeWe, Alsterhaus and Oberpollinger
as well as the sale of a portfolio of 20 Karstadt department stores

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2015

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The KaDeWe Group: strategic partnership with La Rinascente

Niki Lauda’s private foundation invests in SIGNA Prime and SIGNA Retail

New members of the Advisory Board of SIGNA Holding: Ernst Tanner, Walid Chammah, Günter Koller

Departure of George Economou as shareholder in SIGNA Holding

SIGNA opens the luxury resort „Villa Eden Gardone“ at Lake Garda

EATALY  and SIGNA Retail start a joint venture

Sale of the Seven building (Düsseldorf), haus an der wien and Rivergate (Vienna), Centurion (Frankfurt), as well as the former Karstadt building in Stuttgart for a total of nearly EUR 900 million.

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2016

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SIGNA Retail acquires 87% of internetstores, Europe’s leading bike and outdoor e-commerce company, as well as 78% of the number 1 tennis multi-channel retailer in Europe, Tennis-Point

Investment by SIGNA Retail in OUTFITTER

Morger Partner Architects from Basel are the winners of the implementation competition of the „Alten Akademie“

Sale of the IZD Tower to CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

SIGNA and ARE Development purchase the project „FORUM DONAUSTADT“

SIGNA Retail takes over dress-for-less and expands its strategic retail portfolio

Entry of Dieter Berninghaus in SIGNA. Dieter Berninghaus becomes
Chairman of the Executive Board of the SIGNA Group and Chairman of SIGNA Retail.

BAWAG P.S.K.,one of the largest banks in Austria, signs a 20-year lease agreement for 28,000 m² in the SIGNA building THE ICON VIENNA at the new Vienna Central Railway Station.

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2017

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Timo Herzberg becomes Chairman of SIGNA Prime Selection and SIGNA Development Selection,
as well as CEO of SIGNA Real Estate Management in Germany.

Opening of the Berlin office

SIGNA Sports Group, together with its subsidiary internetstores, takes over  Probikeshop
and becomes the largest online bike retailer in continental Europe

SIGNA takes over BAI Bauträger Austria Immobilien GmbH and becomes the
leading real estate developer in Vienna

Opening of the SIGNA office in Bozen

Takeover of the retail platform hood.de by SIGNA Retail

Takeover of Germany’s largest fashion mall on the Internet in the premium and luxury area, MYBESTBRANDS.de

Creditreform once again confirms SIGNA Prime’s top rating.

Outstanding SIGNA project THE ICON VIENNA located directly at the Vienna Central Railway Station,
goes to Allianz in a forward deal.

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