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.