Financial Services

ISG’s Sector Group Financial Services was formed to bring together the long-standing experience and cumulative knowledge of our ISG-consultants, internationally and across borders. We use our expertise to benefit our partners, both professionals and companies.

Financial services are in a dynamic and challenging process of change, with a huge impact on the entire financial industry.

ISG – International Service Group – is committed to achieving the best outcomes for our clients and candidates. We offer: Search & Selection of specialists and executives, Training & Development and Outplacement/Newplacement/Job Coaching. We have a proven record of experience and success.


  • Banks working transnationally in Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Retail Banking, etc.
  • Insurance companies
  • Other financial services & institutions (Leasing, Factoring, Asset Management, Trade Finance, Underwriting, Mergers & Acquisitions, etc.)
  • Card business & payment services
  • and more


Meet the team behind Financial Services

Ferdinand Kamenicky

Managing Partner


Ferdinand Kamenicky started his professional career on a trainee program at Citibank, where he was soon entrusted with management responsibilities as Financial Controller, Senior Branch Operations Officer and Relationship Manager for multi-national corporate customers. Following that he was the Managing Director and Chairman of Citibank in Retail Banking.

In the following challenging years as Project Manager and Senior Director for Sales Strategy at Creditanstalt, he obtained experience in the merging of departments and banks.

As a member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Volksbank Krems-Zwettl AG, he became familiar with the special nature and strengths of regional banks in multi-layered bank structures.

Since 2005 Ferdinand Kamenicky is an independent company consultant, a qualified coach and registered mediator (specialisations: corporate culture, the costs of conflict, generation conflicts etc.) and since the middle of 2011 has been supporting his customers, as an ISG partner, in the following areas:

  • Personnel consulting – Recruiting specialists and executives both nationally and internationally
  • Executive search for sector experts
  • Outplacement/new placement coaching and job application consulting
  • Resolving inner company conflicts/mediation and corporate and conflict culture

Motto: “Clarity before harmony.”


Eser Celik Ün



After having graduated from the Sankt Georg Austrian High School, Eser studied Economics in the Istanbul University. She obtained her MSc degree in International Banking from Marmara University with a special focus on the establishment of performance management systems in banks.

Eser started her professional career in the first and largest investment and development bank in Turkey. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked as a system development specialist in the Bank’s Renovation Project that aimed the restructuring of the procedures and processes of the Bank, thus enabling the creation of a more efficient Management Information System. In 1996 she was appointed to the Human Resource Management Department. She took part in the transformation of the former “Personnel Department” to a new HR management function with higher responsibilities and a broader vision. Her job involved some reformist actions such as the creation of a new salary and benefits system and the development and implementation of the performance evaluation methodology in the Bank. Eser was appointed as the Managing Director and the Board Member of the Banks Employees’ Assistance and Pension Funds in 2002. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she assumed full responsibility of the operations and activities performed by both Funds.

Eser joined ISG-team in August 2013. Owing to her 22 years of professional experience, she has extensive knowledge in issues concerning Appraisal Techniques, Organizational Transformation, Work Law, Social Security and Health System and Foundations in Turkey.  Her experience contributes to the capacity building in ISG in the following areas:

  • Executive Search
  • Search and Selection
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management
  • Restructuring
  • Labor Law
  • Outplacement
  • Talent Management

Motto: “It’s about empathy and joy.”


Judit Gelencsér

Senior Consultant


Judit Gelencsér graduated at ELTE Teachers Training College, Budapest, at the Faculty of English-Russian. In order to gain some business knowledge, she completed her economics studies at the College of Foreign Trade, Budapest.

After spending some time in foreign trade field, she joined an Austrian consulting company, where she spent 11 years as a Consultant and Senior Consultant.

In October 2010 Judit Gelencsér changed and joined ISG as a Senior Consultant, in 2011 she successfully obtained ISG International Consultant Certification, and now she works in the Executive Search Division for a variety of international companies in different industries and on cross-boarding, regional projects and supporting international clients in several countries, regionally too.

She supports with great success her national and international partners in different fields.


FMCG, Food, Agriculture, Production, Building Industries, Technical Commercial companies, Oil Industry, Automotive Industry, Energetic market, Banks, Financial companies, BIG4.

Her personal specialities include:

  • Executive Search, Headhunting, Direct Search (national and international)
  • Account management – liaising with clients to understand recruitment needs, developing and maintaining strong working relationships with HR Business Partners, Hiring Managers and Talent Acquisition teams to hire “best in class” talent
  • Board Services and Executive Consulting
  • Management Diagnostics
  • Personnel Search & Selection
  • Business Development
  • Assessment / Development Centre
  • Potential Analysis, Talent Management
  • Career Consultancy, Outplacement
  • Market Screening and Scope


Motto: “If you can dream it, you can even realize it.”


Mag. (FH) Birgit Roschitz, MSc

Managing Partner


Birgit Roschitz started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Vienna, auditing international, listed group of companies, additionally with focus on insurance companies. She attended the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt and completed her degree in accounting and auditing, real estate management as well as in organisational development and human resources consultancy with excellence.

Due to her insights gained in different sectors (industry, trade and commerce, services etc.) she enhanced her analytical structure-centered view of things. Furthermore she found her preference in solving the employees’ „troubles of communication“. Following Paul Watzlawick’s motto „you cannot avoid to communicate“ she graduated the study of mediation and conflict-management, is therefore listed at the Austrian ministry of justice and presently publishing her international master-thesis concerning chances of mediation within companies. At the same time she started her own business

During her maternity break she decided to work part-time for ISG in 2004, primarily to get knowledge of telemarketing and acquisition in addition to her longtime experience in the fields of bank, insurance, tax consultancy, auditing and accounting, controlling, project-management, start-up-consultancy and human resources consultancy. On the basis of her definitive interest in human resources management, her pleasure in contact with clients as well as her above-average personal effort she has been operating as managing partner of ISG with her own team and office in Guntramsdorf (Lower Austria) since 2006.


  • acquisition and customer care
  • personnel search and selection
  • headhunting
  • outplacement consulting
  • mediation and conflict-management within companies
  • It’s always the person who should be focused!

Motto: Coming together is a beginningKeeping together is progress. Working together is success Henry Ford


Mag. Sabrina Kriechbaum

Executive Search


Sabrina Kriechbaum graduated in Socio-economics at the Vienna University of Economics. The study is a combination of Economics and Sociology with a specialization in Finance, international organization and personnel management. In order to deepen her theoretical knowledge, Sabrina Kriechbaum was employed at Bank Austria, as well as L’Oreal in Human Resources Management. In July 2006, Sabrina Kriechbaum started at ISG Personalmanagement GmbH as a consultant and she now works for a variety of national and international companies in different industries such as financial services, commerce, production etc.


  • Search and selection of specialists
  • Search and selection of executives with a focus on headhunting
  • Design and implementation of recruiting and promotion assessment centers
  • Coaching

Since early 2009, Sabrina Kriechbaum has been an integral part of the executive search team in the direct approach of managers and professionals within the financial services industry and she now holds the position of senior consultant.

Sabrina Kriechbaum supports her customers in the recruitment process for all related positions.
Her motivation is a professional service for both clients and candidates. Her work style is characterized by trust, discretion, flexibility and quality.

Motto: Carpe Diem”


Mag. Erwin Ortner, MBA

Managing Partner


Completed his undergraduate degree in business administration at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz with a focus on marketing and accounting, and his postgraduate education at the LIMAK Linz with an MBA in General Management. He has a total of 26 years of professional experience in technical and management positions in Austrian and international companies in the sectors of financial auditing services, food industry, logistics, and the petroleum industry. Since 2004 he has been a freelance company and personnel consultant, and since 2008 an independent partner and consultant for ISG Personnel Management GmbH.

Erwin Ortner can inform you about the following focuses of his personnel consulting work:


  • Machine and factory construction
  • Electro-technology / electronics, automation, robotics
  • Pharmaceuticals / chemicals / plastics
  • Food industry
  • Building materials industry and trade
  • Logistics
  • Banking and insurance
  • Legal and tax consulting, auditing
  • Research / education / science


  • TECHNOLOGY (mechanical, electro-technology, automation, mechatronics, process engineering, environmental engineering, quality management, chemistry, renewable energy, production-oriented managers with other educational and training focuses)
  • DISTRIBUTION (mainly in the business-to-business technical environment)
  • HR roles with different key tasks and responsibilities

Peter Pliesovsky

Managing Director


Mr. Peter Pliesovsky is a Managing Director and Principal Consultant of ISG spol. s r.o., Slovakia.
He is also a Managing Partner of ISG´s Automotive Sector Group. He has proven success in the search & selection assignments of executive staff and high-profile specialists for leading manufacturers, suppliers or engineering-partners in the automotive sector – with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe.

Mr. Pliesovsky is a senior HR-professional, with more than 20 years of experience in a corporate human resources area (in HR areas including search and selection of employees, their training and development, compensations & benefits policies) and in HR-consulting (executive search, board services, specialists recruitment & various HR-development projects).

His strong business background and profound knowledge of the marketplace in Western Europe, Slovakia and CEE countries make him an experienced professional in cross-regional projects in Europe, conducting numerous successful executive search projects for renowned international companies across sectors in Slovakia an in the CEE region.


  • University of Economics, Bratislava
  • Major: International Business


Slovak, English, German, Hungarian, Russian

Motto: „The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strenght, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will“


Nuray Zipak Vetr

Managing Partner


Nuray has an economic degree and worked initially 2 years for a corporate company as export manager. After that, she moved for many years to private banks, to support their stock exchange department, where she became the country operation manager for all branches in Turkey.

Nuray is a lifelong learner and attends continuously seminars and courses to gain certified knowledge on personal development, motivation, organizational behaving, marketing & sales. She has the certificates from SPK (Capital Markets Board) Capital Market Activities Basic Level License, -Advanced Level License and Derivative Instruments License just to mention a few.

Since 2013, she is a valuable member of ISG Personalmanagement and conducts national and international executive search projects and is a member of our finance and consultancy practice group.
Nuray coordinates our Turkish subsidiary as a General Manager, speaks Turkish and English and focuses on:

  • Executive Search
  • Search & Selection
  • Career Counseling

Motto: There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
(Colin Powell)


Dr. Thomas Wladika

Managing Partner

Universitätsring 14
A-1010 Vienna


After completing his doctoral studies in Business Administration (specialization: Banking Management and Trade, SMEs) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Dr. Thomas Wladika started his professional career in 1989 with Girozentrale und Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG, later GiroCredit (trainee program, subsequently corporate banking).

In 1992, he transitioned to Catro Personalberatung, where he led the financial services division.

After working in corporate customer service for Deutsche Bank in Vienna and Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederöstereich-Wien, as of 2000, he managed a corporate customer profit center for the Bank Austria Group. In 2005, he became deputy head of the Lower Austria (South) and Burgenland region. From 2006, he served as head of corporate customer business in Lower Austria. After serving as a global account manager in the multinational corporate department, he committed himself to strategic tasks and was responsible for a number of global processes and projects in the corporate & investment banking division of Bank Austria until the end of 2017. Afterwards, he joined an acquisition project of Oberbank AG in Vienna.

In addition, Dr. Wladika participated in numerous management, sales, technical and personality development seminars and training courses in Switzerland (Prof. Malik) and Belgium (Management Center Europe). 

Since 10/2018 he is ISG Managing Partner. 

Main focus:

  • Personnel Consulting
  • Search and selection of executives and specialists (advertisements, database and active approach), nationally and internationally
  • Headhunting
  • Sales trainings with focus on acquisition

Motto: “Nothing is more convincing than success”


Mariam Abdel-Wahab, BA



Mariam Abdel-Wahab studied Transcultural Communication at the University of Vienna. Through her translation studies, she acquired intercultural competence, which she uses with her language skills in German, English, French and Arabic in national and international projects.

She carries out her work as a personnel consultant at ISG on a daily basis with the highest level of motivation and above-average enthusiasm. The main focus is always on connecting companies and people in a long-term and sustainable way. She attaches particular importance to professional service, trust and quality.

Main focus:

  • Search and selection of specialists and managers in Germany and abroad
  • Personnel consulting
  • Headhunting
  • Internal training

Motto: “Success has three letters: DO.”



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