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Monday 20 April, 2009

Wienerberger AG

Ad hoc: Wienerberger succession defined as of A...





- Wolfgang Reithofer to retire at the end of July 2009
- Supervisory Board focuses on experience and continuity in
succession planning
- Heimo Scheuch to become new CEO of Wienerberger AG on August 1,
2009
- Other Managing Board positions remain unchanged with Johann
Windisch as COO and Willy Van Riet as CFO
- Three-member board for Wienerberger in the future

Vienna, April 20, 2009 - At Wienerberger AG, the world's largest
producer of bricks and the number two in clay roof tiles in Europe, a
change in management will take place at mid-year. Wolfgang Reithofer
will retire and resign as the CEO of the Group on July 31, 2009. The
Supervisory Board of Wienerberger AG accepted this announcement at a
meeting today. In the future, Wolfgang Reithofer will be available to
support the Supervisory Board in an advisory capacity. Heimo Scheuch,
longstanding COO and Deputy CEO since the beginning of this year,
will become the new CEO on August 1, 2009.

Wolfgang Reithofer to retire from active professional life after 28
successful years with Wienerberger
On his decision, Wolfgang Reithofer commented, "After more than 28
years with Wienerberger, the last 24 as a member of the Managing
Board and CEO since 2001, I have decided to end my active
professional career and retire after my 60th birthday. The timing is
right - in recent months we have created a foundation that will allow
the company to master these difficult times and also taken
precautionary measures to safeguard the financial strength of
Wienerberger. The Managing Board under Heimo Scheuch now has a solid
foundation to make further key decisions in this difficult phase,
which will enable Wienerberger to resume its previous growth course
after the end of the economic crisis."

Supervisory Board sets clear signal with appointment of experienced
team
Friedrich Kadrnoska, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commented, "I
would like to thank Wolfgang Reithofer for his service to
Wienerberger and the excellent cooperation during the past years. He
was responsible for the steady pursuit of the company's
internationalization, with the result that Wienerberger is now the
largest producer of bricks in the world. The appointment of Heimo
Scheuch as new CEO was a clear decision. The issue of succession
planning for the position of CEO has been under discussion for some
time by the Supervisory Board and the Personnel and Nominating
Committee. This new order reflects the recommendation of the Managing
Board and will allow for a smooth transition. Continuity through an
experienced and excellent team is important, especially against the
backdrop of the current global economic crisis. All the members of
the Managing Board have been with Wienerberger for more than ten
years."

Heimo Scheuch to continue close cooperation with board colleagues
Heimo Scheuch, designated CEO of Wienerberger AG added, "In recent
months we have taken additional steps to prepare the company for the
difficult operating environment. This would not have been possible
without the excellent teamwork of the board members, and not without
the trust and commitment of our employees. These strengths form a
basis that I intend to build on in the future. I look forward to
these new challenges and am confident that, together with my
colleagues on the board, we will be able to continue the realization
of the Group's strategy and the positive development of business in
the future."

Wienerberger Managing Board will consist of three members in the
future
The current position of Heimo Scheuch as COO will remain vacant, and
the Managing Board of Wienerberger AG will be comprised of three
members in the future. With the reduction of the Managing Board and
the resulting additional work for each member, Wienerberger is also
setting a clear signal that cost awareness represents a key focus for
top management. The new Managing Board will be comprised of Heimo
Scheuch as CEO and, as in the past, Johann Windisch as COO and Willy
Van Riet as CFO. According to the new distribution of duties, Heimo
Scheuch will be responsible for the core ceramic building materials
business outside Europe as well as concrete products and Johann
Windisch will direct the core ceramic building materials business in
Europe. The terms of office for the three members of the Managing
Board extend to May 21, 2014.

Wolfgang Reithofer with Wienerberger since 1981 - CEO since 2001
Wolfgang Reithofer, who became a member of the Wienerberger Managing
Board in 1985 and Deputy CEO in 1992, has been CEO of the Group since
May 2001. His era marked the start of the internationalization of
Wienerberger AG through expansion into Germany during 1986. Reithofer
played a decisive role in this development during his term as CEO,
and Wienerberger now operates production facilities in 26 countries.

Heimo Scheuch COO and since Jan. 1, 2009 Deputy CEO
Heimo Scheuch joined Wienerberger AG in 1996 as an assistant to the
Managing Board. He subsequently became a member of the senior
management of Terca Bricks in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1997,
where he was appointed to CEO in 1999. In May 2001 he was appointed
by the Supervisory Board to the Managing Board of Wienerberger AG as
COO, with responsibility for North-West Europe and Germany. Heimo
Scheuch is also in charge of marketing and product development, where
he has played an important role in strengthening the Group's
expertise through the steady expansion and improvement of these
activities. Since January 1, 2009 he has also served as Deputy CEO.

The curricula vitae of the members of the Managing Board of
Wienerberger AG are available for review under www.wienerberger.com.

For additional information contact:
Karin Hofmann, Public Relations
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