Trust needs honesty and respectability; to shoulder responsibility means to align Courage, Heart and Intellect!


My strategic management targets:


- Management with leadership, calmness and intellect

 - To ask analytical strategic questions why we are here and what we 

- To create strategies and solutions in dialog with partners and stakeholders  

      - To bring solutions into structures
- To guide people in and through the change to give people leadership 

- To negotiate secretly with stakeholders to open up the way for hardened positions 

- To optimize processes for a  better customer journey 

- To change things which have to be changed 

      It is and was always an essential part of my life to orient my work on the ethic and social values principles. Even in financing structures it was a principle to align responsibility with personal judgment on economic chances and fair risk evaluation. Regional development, tolerance and respect towards business partners, family, guests and friends played a substantial role. To develop structures where employees, managers and other stakeholders take their responsibilities with fair chances to develop business took all my emphasis. There should be no transfer society, neither in the state nor in companies. Social responsibility means to open chances, to keep on giving people structures and platforms to develop, but also to ask for performance and returns.


Working Experience:


June. 17- dato          Selfemployed - Strategy - Intermediation - Advisory Council
Real Estate Developments, M&A, Finance
ZKD – Center for Communication and Dynamic, Shareholder
PPV-Consult, Preferred Partner Vienna, Advisory, Partner
Triple A Rating AG, (Analytics and Project Company), Advisory

 April 18- dato         Erste&Steiermärkische Bank d.d., Croatia, Advisory Board Member


 Jan.17 - June 17       HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG, Vienna – Advisor to the Board

                                  Preparation of the Merger of Hypo Noe Gruppe Bank AG and Hypo Noe
                                  Landesbank AG. 

 Jan. 11 – Dec 16      HYPO NOE Gruppe Bank AG, Wien,  Member of the Board,
                                  Group CRO, CFO & COO

    Responsibilities: Risk & Regulatory Management, Work Out, Legal, Services

    & Processes, Tax, Accounting, IT/ORG, Real Estate Development & Services

   State supervision and all negotiations with State authorities.

    HYPO NOE Landesbank AG (retail bank), Member of the supervisory board;

    Head of Credit-, Risk- and Audit-Committee 

                                  Niederösterreichische Immobilien Development AG, Chairman of the
 supervisory board; Real Estate Developments in Vienna and Lower Austria.
 Pfandbriefstelle d. Ö. Hypothekenbanken, President of the board of directors;
 Pfandbriefbank (Ö) AG, Chairman of   the supervisory board;
 Hypo Haftungs GmbH (deposit protection), Member of the supervisory board;
 NÖ-Vorsorgekasse AG (provision fund), Chairman of the supervisory board;


Jan. 10 – Dec.10      BAWAG PSK AG, Wien

                                 Sales Director Industry, Sales responsibility Austria and CEE, SEVP


Nov. 08 – Dec.09     UniCredit Bank Austria AG – UniCredit Group Vienna-Munich-Milan

                                 CRO Division – Senior Risk Management (direct reporting to the Board,

                                 Credit Risk Management)

                                 Regional Industry Team Leader, Member of Credit Committee, SEVP 

                                 UniCredit Group Credit Coordination for Structured Trade and Export Finance, Treasury/International Markets, CEE Corporate & Risk Education Management
personal credit authority €100 Mio


Mar. 07 – Nov. 08   BankAustria-Creditanstalt AG, Vienna

                                 Senior Industry Risk Management Telecom/IT/Media/Transport/Travel

                               Austria & CEE, EVP
personal credit authority €50 Mio

Sept. 05 – Feb. 07    Senior Industry Risk Management Machinery/Metals,

                                 Austria, EVP
personal credit authority €50 Mio

Sept. 01 – Aug. 05   HypoVereinsbank AG, Munich 

                                 Group Risk Management Metals & Machinery Germany & Western Europe, Global Structured Finance, Global Trade Finance, SVP, 

                                 personal credit authority €25 Mio


Nov. 00 – Aug. 01   BankAustria-Creditanstalt AG – HypoVereinsbank AG, Vienna-Munich 

                                 Group Integration Management in the Merger of BACA and Hypo, Manager Credit Transfer “Rest of the World“ for BA-CA, SVP
personal credit authority USD 15 Mio


Nov. 98 – Oct. 00    BankAustria-Creditanstalt AG, Vienna

                                 International Credit Management Department 1, VP
Deputy Department Manager Americas, Western Europe, Middle and Far East,
additional Internat. Education & Rule Framework Management


Jan. 96 – Oct. 98      Creditanstalt AG, Vienna
International Credit Department VP.
Team Leader Group WEST Americas, Western Europe, Middle and Far East,
Standard Credit Analysis Tools & Processes, international Rule Framework Management

Aug. 95 – Dec. 95   USA Traineeship – (Creditanstalt New York, Atlanta, San Francisco)
Assignment, Special Credit Cases of the Headquarter, Assistant Manager

June 94 – July 95     International Credit Department
Team Manager New York Desk, Assistant Manager

                                 Standard Credit Tools & Processes and Rule Framework Management

Juni 90 – May 94     Credit Research & Consulting
Advisor, Auditor, Project Manager


Mar. 89 – Feb. 90    Mannesmann Kienzle GmbH, Vienna, Austria

                                 Sales representative for the Austrian Bank Sector


Oct. 85 – Mar. 89     IJS - Computer: 
Independent Sales Representative for SME


Oct. 85 – June 88     HWU  Hochschülerschaft an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Students Union)
Executive Chairman HWU, Financial Advisor, personal liable Manager of WU-Ball




March-April 2014    Strategy Management Course by National Defense Academy on behalf of the Government of Austria

2011-2016                sev..Supervisory Board Courses, Compliance and Money Laundering Trainings,  
                                 advanced training courses in regard to Fit & Proper necessities

2010                         Sales-, Compliance and Money Laundery Trainings BAWAG

1990-2009                Total Management Education and several Trainings by the Corporate Training
                                  Academy of Creditanstalt/Bank Austria/HVB/UniCredit-Group

 March 90                 Vienna University for Economics and Business

                                 (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Mag.rer.soc.oec.), Bank and Industrial Management, Management Information Systems; Thesis: KIES, Electronic Business Game for Executive Training

June 81                     Handelsakademie I der Wiener Kaufmannschaft, Wien, High-School-Diploma



Oct. 81 -        Officers Training  
2002              First Lieutenant; Deputy Commander & Liaison Officer 

                             Command Courses for the Armed Forces I,II,III und Battlefield Management II             


 German (Mother tongue), English (fluent), French (Basic) 


Honorary Functions and Memberships:

Higher Regional Court Vienna, Commercial Expert Lay Judge, Kommerzialrat;

Order of St. George Knights – Commander Vienna-Belvedere

StupRes – Ressort Stuppach, honorary President of the Advisory Council
Immoankauf.at, Real Estate Platform, honorary member of the Advisory Council
Friends of the Deutschmeisterbattalion (Military Traditional Club, Auditor)
K.S. Circle (Business Club)
Boardsearch (Executives Club)
Officers Club Lower Austria;
Senat der Wirtschaft (Senator)
Honorary Consul of Cote D'Ivoir


Honorary Distinctions:

Knight’s Cross in Silver - Officers Club Lower Austria 

Medal of Honor – Cross of the Deutschmeister Order 

Cross of the Order of Merit – Austrian Army


Personal Data:

Elisenstrasse 69                                                          Born.:   October 24, 1961, Munich, Germany 

A-1230 Vienna, Austria                                             Citizenship: Austria 

Mobil: +43 664 9647289                                           Family Status: married since 1987,
nikolai.leo@de-arnoldi.eu                                                3 grown up Kids



Politics, Economics, Golf, Garden, Computer, Music, International Relations and Cultures 



Achieved Milestones in Hypo Noe Group: 

-        Functional design for a comprehensive Risk Documentation and Regulatory Framework incl. comprehensive Corporate Governance Framework in all group members. 

-        Substantial improvement of data quality 

-        Substantial increase of the recovery rates by active intensive care management 

-        Quality increase of all analytical, valuation and approval processes, 

-        Reshaping of the Roll Model of all Service and Production Departments (incl. Credit Risk) and substantial acceleration of all processes in the group by standardization and automation 

-        Total Restructuring of the Real Estate Division, return to profitability within one year 

-        Total change of the group reporting to IFRS (IFRS 9, OePR (Capital Markets Accounting Audit), regulatory supervision, Court of Auditors and IRS Ready) 

-        divisional Group steering including a multidimensional Client Concept for the Cross Selling by all Divisions 

-        Light-house concept for Retail/SME and Public Finance 

-        Strong Cooperative Management Concept over all Segments of the Group 

-        Active maintenance of the communication to the regulatory supervision (FMA, OeNB) 

-        Active involvement and contribution in the negotiations for the HETA solution 

-        Active involvement in the Association of the Hypo Banks of Austria