APA CEO Hermann Petz and Supervisory Board Chairman Alexander Wrabetz describe the reappointment as a logical step: “The APA management has already led the company through the turbulent times of digital change with strategic vision and innovation. We are pleased to know that the APA will continue to be in the hands of Clemens Pig and Karin Thiller as an important news and technology provider as well as a neutral platform for cross-media cooperation Leader in media innovation fields such as automated content, data journalism or fact checking. The APA group is made up of the cooperatively organized news agency and other subsidiaries in the areas of information management and information technology in German-speaking countries.
Clemens Pig and Karin Thiller were delighted to be reappointed. “We thank you for the trust you have placed in us. APA has a great, innovative spirit. We look forward to continuing to advance the digital transformation of the news agency group together with the outstanding APA team and thus to ensure the editorial and economic independence of the company in the future, ”said Pig and Thiller.
While studying political science, the Innsbruck native founded the company “MediaWatch – Institut für Medienanalysen GmbH” with university colleagues in 1996 and brought it to the APA Group after a successful sale. In 2008, Pig (46) moved to the management of APA in Vienna and initially worked as Head of Marketing and Sales as well as Managing Director of the APA subsidiary APA-DeFacto Database & Contentmanagement GmbH. In 2014, Pig was appointed Managing Director of the APA Group and took over as Chairman in 2016. In his scientific work, Pig deals with the development of media in digitization in a number of publications and book chapters. In 2013 he received the Austrian Science Award from PRVA – Public Relations Association Austria and in 2018 was named “Media Manager of the Year” by the industry magazine “Der Österreichische Journalist”. Pig is also vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Swiss news agency group Keystone-SDA (Bern) and a member of the supervisory board of the Austrian cooperative association (ÖGV). Pig is married and has three daughters.
Karin Thiller (60) is an academically certified PR consultant and has worked in the media and news agency industry for more than 25 years. From 1992 to 2002, Thiller held various management positions at Reuters Austria and managed, among other things, the development of the business administration of the CEE offices as well as Turkey and Greece. From 2001 she was in charge of media sales at Reuters Austria. She has been with the Austrian news agency APA since 2003 and took over the management of the subsidiary APA-OTS Originaltext-Service from 2005 to 2016. In 2016 she switched to the management of the APA Group. Thiller is married and has two grown children.
The APA group
The APA – Austria Press Agency is owned by Austrian daily newspapers and the ORF and offers high-quality content and technological solutions for editorial and media operations as well as the communications industry.
The APA group consists of the cooperatively organized news agency and national and international subsidiaries. The editorial team provides large parts of the Austrian media landscape with the latest news in texts, images, graphics, audio and video formats. The APA’s reporting serves the media as a reliable, independent, prompt and fact-based source.