Hans Jörg Schelling is new FinMin


Hans Jörg Schelling has been nominated by the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) to be the country’s new Minister of Finance. He will replace Michael Spindelegger who resigned last week over a tax spat.

Hans Jörg Schelling (60) studied business administration at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and graduated obtaining his degree, masters and doctorate from the same university

Mr Schelling started his career with the Kika-Leiner Gruppe of companies before founding the Schelling GesmbH management consultancy. In 1992 he returned to Kika-Leiner Gruppe taking on other appointments including joining the Supervisory Board of Telekom Austria and becoming Chairman of the Advisory Board of the JGS Foundation.

In May 2008 he became chairman of the General Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA) and in January 2009 was made Chairman of the Association Board in the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions. In April 2012 he was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volksbank AG (VBAG).

Hans Jörg Schelling started his political career as an Alderman in 2001 for St. Pölten and then became a Member of the Austrian Parliament in 2007 but failed to gain a direct mandate in 2008. In 2009 he was returned under the party list to the National Council.

Schelling is married and has two daughters. Since 2009 he has been a winemaker at Stiftsweingut Duke Castle which is located in Lower Austria Traisental where he has won awards for his wines. Der Standard reports that he is a ‘passionate cook’.

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