Mayr-Melnhof Holz group. Thanks to these regulations the
volume of produced sawn wood increased by 9.5 %.
You told us that you are going to retire by the end of
summer. What advices do you give to your successor
I have introduced him to all the agendas I am responsible for.
These are finance, HR, logistics and expedition, legal matters,
public relationships, IT, controlling round log purchasing and
overall management of the company. I have also given him all
my knowledge and experience gained during my time here
related to the wood processing industry, as my successor will
be also coming from another field.
What would be your general advice for young people
who would like to have a management position in
a large, important company (not only a production
company)? What is the thing they should not forget and
what rules should they follow?
I would recommend them to be generally inquiring and
curious. To read a lot, which will teach them to absorb
a lot of information and evaluate it better. They should
not be afraid to make their own opinions about things or
to ask themselves the question ‘why?’. In my opinion, it
is also not a very good process in education to dismiss
or reject findings that might seem useless for the future
profession at the moment. It is the other way around -I found out that practical life is a mosaic and its pieces
you manage to put together better or worse, fast or
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slowly. When you have the pieces and you find them
in your memory at the right time and use them, that is
the thing. In other words, proper education is the basis
for everything; you cannot cheat on that. This goes, of
course, with good knowledge of at least one foreign
language, two is even better. Pure, good relationships
with people are also very important. And cultivate
your life energy, because the person who wants to lead
people needs it not only for himself, but he also needs to
share it with his surroundings.
you are going to retire
do you give to your successor now?
Let us lighten the interview with the final question.
What place in the Moravian-Silesian Region would you
recommend and what is your favourite regional food?
I love the part of the Moravian-Silesian Region on the borders
of Slovakia, specifically the part of the Beskids bordering with
Kysuce, Hrčava, etc. My favourite regional food is roasted
duck, but that probably isn‘t the typical regional food. Maybe
you could consider potato fritters a regional food -- the ones
made from shredded potatoes, almost without any flour,
baked in lard and spread with garlic (laughing).
Mrs Wagnerová, thank you for the interview.