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New leadership for the University of Liechtenstein

With the appointments of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl as Rector and Markus Jäger as Director of Administration, the University Council of the University of Liechtenstein has filled the vacant leadership roles in the Rectorate following a selection procedure that was justifiably intense.

The recruitment process was held after revising and clarifying the tasks and responsibilities within the Rectorate with a view to strengthening the University's impact in a highly dynamic university environment, while reflecting the needs of the country and the principles of good corporate governance.

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl is a professor at the FernUniversität in Hagen with a Chair in Information Management and latterly was Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics. Besides her academic focus on controlling and information management, in recent years she has played a significant role in initiating and building a Bachelor's and Master's programme in Business Information as well as a Master's programme for engineers and scientists. She also participated in developing the digitisation strategy and renewing the IT infrastructure at the FernUniversität in Hagen. Prof. Dr. Baumöl has many years of international management experience in the private sector as well as in the university environment and is therefore ideally qualified for the office of Rector of the University of Liechtenstein. She is a German-Swiss dual citizen, has lived with her husband in Rehetobel (Appenzell) for many years and has long been closely attached to the region. She will take up her post as Rector on 1 October 2019. Prof. Dr. Baumöl will also teach and conduct research at the University of Liechtenstein.

With effect from 1 December 2019, Markus Jäger will act as the new Director of Administration of the University, with responsibility for finance and accounting, HR, infrastructure and IT, and risk management. With a degree in business administration and a long international management career in various high-profile industrial groups, Mr Jäger brings sound expertise to the role and extensive practical experience in all matters relating to financial management and controlling. He is a Liechtenstein-Austrian dual citizen and has lived in Mauren for many years. Currently serving as Head of Accounting, Controlling and Treasury at the VAT Group in Haag, he is a member of the steering committee responsible for introducing a new, standardised ERP system for the entire VAT Group and was instrumental in the success of the company’s IPO.

The two Vice-Rectors Prof. Dr. Marco Furtner (Vice-Rector Teaching and Learning) and Prof. Dr. Nicolas Raschauer (Vice-Rector Research) currently serving on the Rectorate complete the highly competent and experienced team at the head of the University. "This puts us in an excellent position to address the University's challenges and consciously drive its development in bridging the gap between science, business and society," says Dr. Klaus Tschütscher, President of the University Council. To the departing members, Prof. Peter Staub, who has served as Rector ad interim since October 2018 and has not applied for the new Rector's post, and Markus Graf, who continues to be responsible for infrastructure and IT, he expresses the gratitude of the entire University Council for their distinct commitment during a particularly intense phase in the University’s history. "The University Council looks forward to working with the new Rectorate. May each member enjoy and excel in the roles they play in the joint management of this educational institution that is so important to our country," said Tschütscher.

 

Short profile Prof. Dr. Ulrike Baumöl

After completing her studies and doctorate at the University of Dortmund, Prof. Dr. Baumöl embarked on an academic university career with positions as lecturer, scholar, and studies and project manager at the universities of St. Gallen, Berkeley, Santa Clara, Bern and Fribourg. This was followed by several years in the private sector at Swiss Life AG, serving on the management board and with responsibility for the IT project portfolio in the finance and investment management systems as well as cross-divisional functions. In addition, she led the Account Management division, where she was responsible for coordinating specialist areas and IT. Since 2006 Prof. Dr. Baumöl has been a professor at the FernUniversität in Hagen with a chair in information management. Until the beginning of May 2019 she was Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics with responsibility for Business Administration and Information Systems. In addition, she teaches a Master’s programme at the University of St. Gallen and holds various teaching positions in executive education.

 

Short profile Markus Jäger

During his business economics studies at the University of Innsbruck, Mr Jäger worked for Hilti AG in Schaan and then held various management positions at Hilti AG in Austria and abroad for 14 years. This was followed by assignments for the US-based Briggs & Stratton group as CFO for the EMEA region in Zurich and Head of Corporate Controlling at SFS Group AG in Heerbrugg. In August 2015, Mr Jäger moved to VAT Group AG in Haag as Head of Controlling and Treasury. In this function, he made a significant impact on the success of the company's IPO and built and expanded the controlling and treasury division. Mr Jäger has excellent expertise in the areas of finance, treasury, controlling, accounting, taxes and change management and was a member of the VAT Group AG steering committee responsible for the global introduction of a new standardised ERP system.