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What do you actually do, Mr. Schitter?

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Leonhard Schitter has been in charge of Energie AG Oberösterreich since January 1st.
Image: Volker Weihbold
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How do you explain to a six-year-old what you do for a living?
Whether for the breakfast cocoa, for the warm water or for the television: For this you need energy around the clock. We at Energie AG make sure that it is always there for you.

And how do you answer the question why you get paid for it?
Taking care of the energy supply in Upper Austria is a great and honorable task, to which I devote myself around the clock.

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what makes you happy
A good coffee.

How do you recognize a good boss?
Because he or she can really listen.

What should an employee never say to their boss? And how would you answer that?
That’s always been the case.
Then do it differently now.

I earned my first money…?
As a holiday internship at Milchhof Salzburg.

What would you like to be good at?

Who do you turn to for advice outside of your family?
my best friend

Which company would you like to be the boss of for a month?

When do you turn off your cell phone?
Actually never.

Which book do you want to read but haven’t had enough time recently?
“How To Avoid A Climate Disaster”
by Bill Gates.

When I have free time, the first thing I do is…
An e-bike tour in the Mühlviertel.

This is always on your desk:
my laptop

Who has shaped your career?
Many inspiring people, because life is wonderfully colourful.

If you weren’t working for the current company, what would you probably do for a living?
I would probably stay in the industry.

This actor could impersonate me in a movie:
I’m more familiar with Armin Wolf because I hardly have time to watch films.

I find this entrepreneurial achievement admirable:
Always reinventing yourself and seeing crises as opportunities.

This is the best way for me to relax:
A good meal with the family.

What qualities do you value most in a person?

Your favorite heroes in history?
Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – and then Neil Armstrong, because the moon landing was a team effort.

You or you in the company?
A well-groomed, respectful you.

The most impressive comeback in economic history?
That of the typewriter. It was invented after several attempts by the South Tyrolean Peter Mitterhofer. Unfortunately, the Imperial and Royal Patent Office in Vienna did not recognize his genius. It was then patented in the USA by Carlos Glidden and Christopher Latham Sholes.

your favorite composer?
Ed Sheeran

What was your biggest faux pas in business?
There have never been any major faux pas, thank God.

What is it that upsets you?

This picture should hang in my office:
“Lost under the surface” by Brigitte Kowanz would be my favorite.

When I retire I want people to say about me:
He helped us to boldly break new ground.

Your grandmother always said:
The rockiest paths often lead to the most beautiful places.

To person

Leonard Schitter (55) has been CEO of Energie AG since the beginning of the year. Born in Salzburg, he was a member of the board of the much smaller Salzburg AG for eleven years and was “absolutely convincing” in the application process with his concept for the next 15 years, according to the owner state of Upper Austria. Schitter comes from Elixhausen and studied law. In the 1990s he was the personal advisor to the provincial governors Hans Katschthaler and Franz Schausberger. In 1999, the married father of two adult children joined Kaindl Holzindustrie as managing director.

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