Markus Schindler studied communications, politics, history and law at the University of Vienna. From 1997 he was CEO, Managing Partner and a shareholder of Pleon Publico, Austrian largest public relations and public affairs agency. He also served on the European Board of Pleon Partners – then Europe’s largest PR firm – before selling his shares to the NYSE-listed Omnicom Group and leaving Pleon Publico at the end of 2010. In January 2011 Markus Schindler founded cumclave Unternehmensberatung, a strategic management consultancy. cumclave Unternehmensberatung and peritia communications merged to form pantarhei advisors Unternehmensberatung GmbH in late 2012.
In a career spanning almost 20 years, Markus Schindler has been a C-level communications and strategy consultant to a series of major Austrian and international companies, such as Kapsch Group, Telekom Austria, Austria’s largest utility Verbund, Austrian Post, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Microsoft, McDonalds, Electricite de France (EDF), Deutsche Telekom and Novartis. His financial sector track record includes a number of public affairs and strategic communications projects for the executive boards of UNIQA, Erste Group, Meinl Bank, LGT Bank, Superfund, the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) and the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA). In the public sector, he provided strategic communications support to the Austrian government in its application campaign for EU membership and the information campaign for the adoption of the euro. Markus Schindler was also responsible for the OeNB’s risk communication strategy during the changeover from the schilling to the euro. He has first-hand experience of the EU: as a management and strategy consultant to the presidency of the European People’s Party–European Democrats (EPP-ED) Group in the European Parliament, he played a key role in the Group’s reorganisation and preparation programme for the 2009 European elections.
Markus Schindler lives and works in Vienna and Brussels.