Christian Wildner is set to become the new CEO of Kahles Ges.m.b.H. in Guntramsdorf, Austria. On September 1, 2015 he will take over the duties of Robert Artwohl, who will be leaving the company to take on a new challenge in his career. In Christian Wildner we have managed to secure the services of a proven marketing and sales expert with local and international experience. Kahles, the oldest long-range optics manufacturer in Austria, is a 100% owned subsidiary of SWAROVSKI OPTIK KG.

Christian Wildner (aged 53) has worked for many years in a variety of responsible positions in the areas of marketing, sales, and the strategic development of brands and premium products. Most recently, he was an independent business consultant, as well as being CEO of Teufelberger GesmbH in Wels, Austria, from 2008 to 2013. After studying business management in Vienna, he spent more than 18 years in various positions at Gillette and Procter & Gamble, with responsibility for brands such as Gillette, Braun, Oral-B, and Duracell.

“We’re delighted that Christian Wildner will be taking over from Robert Artwohl, and we hope that he has a great start to his career at Kahles,” says Carina Schiestl-Swarovski, Chairwoman of the Executive Board and Managing Director of SWAROVSKI OPTIK KG. “He will use his flair for strategic brand management and his wealth of experience in marketing and sales to provide Kahles with valuable impetus for promoting innovation and growth in the future.”


Christian Wildner is taking over the duties of Robert Artwohl, who was CEO at Kahles since September 2009, and is leaving the company to pursue a new direction in his career. “Robert Artwohl led Kahles with commitment and single-mindedness through a challenging economic period,” adds Carina Schiestl-Swarovski. “We would like to thank Robert for his dynamic efforts and the work he has done, and wish him further success and prosperity in his future endeavors.”