SPAR Austria has announced the appointment of Robert Pichler as the new divisional logistics manager at the retailer's Maria Saal headquarters, effective 1 January 2022.
He is responsible for logistics and flow of goods at the Maria Saal headquarters.
Pichler has extensive professional experience and most recently headed the St. Veit Driving Technology Centre for many years.
He succeeds Kurt Stank, who is retiring after more than 47 years at SPAR Austria.
Born in St. Georgen am Längsee, Pichler's professional journey is a mix of public and private roles across various countries.
After initially serving as a personal advisor to the deputy governor of Carinthia, he worked in the Parliament in Vienna and the European Parliament in Brussels before moving on to the private sector.
"I was involved in motorsport for several years and worked for Formula 1 or MotoGP in the sponsoring/marketing department; a more than formative time in which I got to know a lot of interesting people," Pichler added.
Pichler's predecessor, authorised signatory Kurt Stank, began his SPAR Austria career as an IT apprentice at SPAR in Maria Saal in 1974.
After several intermediate positions, he finally took on a logistics management role.
Divisional managing director in Maria Saal, Paul Bacher, said, "With more than 47 years of service, Kurt Stank has become one of the main pillars of SPAR in Carinthia. Top managers are seldom on duty as long as he is.
"I would like to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for his great achievements and extraordinary commitment over all these years - including as a crisis manager in the current pandemic."