APA boards extend terms of APA executive management – Clemens Pig reappointed until 2026 and Karin Thiller until 2024
Today, Wednesday, the APA boards reextended the terms of APA President and CEO Clemens Pig and Managing Director Karin Thiller. Pig (46) was thus confirmed in the management of the news agency group until 2026 and Thiller (60) until 2024.
According to APA Chairman of the Board of Directors Hermann Petz and Supervisory Board Chairman Alexander Wrabetz, the reappointments make sense: „With strategic vision and innovative strength, APA management has consistently guided the company through the turbulent era of digital transformation in recent years. We are pleased to know that, as an important news and technology provider and a neutral platform for cross-media cooperation, APA will continue to be in the hands of Clemens Pig and Karin Thiller”. In addition to making its basic mission the provision of news content and technology, for years APA has been a leader in innovative media fields such as automated content, data journalism and fact-checking. APA-Group consists of the cooperatively organised news agency and other subsidiaries in the areas of information management and information technology in the German-speaking regions.
Clemens Pig and Karin Thiller are delighted about their reappointment. „We would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in us. APA has a fantastic, innovative spirit. We’re looking forward to continuing to advance the digital transformation of the news agency group together with the excellent APA team, thereby ensuring the company’s editorial and economic independence in the future as well”, Pig and Thiller say.
While studying political science, the Innsbruck native founded the company „MediaWatch – Institut für Medienanalysen GmbH“ with colleagues at university and, following a successful sale, merged it into APA-Group. In 2008 Pig (46) joined management in Vienna and was initially employed as the manager of marketing and sales as well as the Managing Director of the APA subsidiary APA–DeFacto Datenbank & Contentmanagement GmbH. In 2014 Pig was appointed Managing Director of APA-Group and took over as APA President and CEO in 2016. In his academic work, Pig discusses media development in the process of digitalisation in a series of publications and essays. In 2013 he was awarded the Austrian Research Award from the Austrian Public Relations Association (PRVA) and in 2018 he was named „Media Manager of the Year“ by the industry magazine „Der österreichische Journalist“. Pig is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Swiss news agency group Keystone-SDA (Bern) and member of the association council of the Austrian Association of Cooperatives (ÖGV). He is married and the father of three daughters.
Karin Thiller (60) is an academically certified PR consultant and has been working in the media and news agency industry for more than 25 years. From 1992 to 2002, Thiller worked for Reuters Austria and held various management positions, where from 1994 to 1998 she oversaw setting up the business administration of the agency’s offices for CEE as well as Turkey and Greece. Beginning in 2001 she was head of media sales at Reuters Austria. Since 2003 she has been employed at the Austrian news agency APA, where she managed the subsidiary APA-OTS Originaltext-Service from 2005 to 2016. In 2016 she joined management of APA-Group. Thiller is married and the mother of two grown children.
APA – Austria Press Agency is owned by Austrian daily newspapers and ORF and offers high-quality content and technological solutions for editorial and media operations and the communications industry.
APA-Group comprises the cooperatively organised news agency and national and international subsidiaries. The editorial office supplies large parts of the Austrian media landscape with the latest news in text, images, graphics, audio and video formats around the clock. APA’s reporting serves the media as a reliable, independent, fast and fact-based source.