Communications is my vocation, not just a job. This passion is complemented by many years of experience and strategic know-how and forms the basis of my professional life. My guiding principles are quality, ethical conduct and the will for dialogue.
I started my career in the communications sector in the early 1980s as a communications consultant, agency manager and Managing Director at Agentur Pubrel, later Pubrel Hill & Knowlton. Ten years later, I decided to start my own business – at first on my own as CKC, Christian Kollmann Communications. I merged my business with that of Meta Raunig-Hass and Peter Menasse into communication matters in 1999. Meanwhile, I run the agency together with my business partner Dagmar Hemmer. In addition to my job as Agency CEO, I have also been active in a leading role at the Public Relations Association Austria (PRVA) for 10 years (two years as President, eight years as a board member), held lectures and gave presentations at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg, as well as at Danube University Krems. At present, I am working for the Austrian Ethics Council for PR and am Chairman of the international agency network ECCO, headquartered in London.
Strategic communications consultancy, crisis and conflict communications, public participation, media coaching, public affairs
We are working in the communicative field between business, society, media and politics.
Setting-up communications networks means working across a variety of disciplines.
Mag.a Dagmar Hemmer
The combination of public relations and political issues is what characterises my CV. Following my degree in history and politics, I started my professional career in politics-related fields; firstly, as a research staff member at the Austrian Association for Political Consulting and Development (ÖGPP). The following years I worked as a parliamentary assistant at the Austrian Parliament and, simultaneously, as the assistant to the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) Party Secretary, Mag. Andrea Kuntzl. This was followed by a six-year stint at Ecker & Partner, three years of which were as the Head of the Municipal Affairs and Institutions Unit. In 2009, I joined communication matters. I have been running the agency together with Christian Kollmann as a partner since 2012.
Communications for institutions and associations, campaigns, crisis PR
Reasoned and rich in experience: these are the foundations of my deeds. I have gained vast know-how as part of my career – knowledge that I use well in the right situations.
Mag.a Eveline Bottesch
Communications is the thread that runs through my working life. I began concentrating on marketing and communications during my studies at the University of Economics. I had a very exciting time as the spokesperson for the UNIQA Insurance Group, after a previous job at Pubrel Hill & Knowlton, a few years as an independent PR consultant and as a Senior Consultant at Unique Relations. I have been working as a Senior Consultant at communication matters since April 2015 – here, I can apply my know-how and experience, as well as my enthusiasm for strategic client consultancy, to my work and look forward to the daily tasks of working in an agency.
Strategic consultancy, public and media work, finance communications
As a Digital Native I am especially fascinated by Social Media that have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other.
Mag.a (FH) Maresa Mayer, BA
You live and learn, which is why I always approach new tasks with a lot of curiosity and dedication. After graduating from high school it was my curiosity that led me to study Journalism and Public Communications in Graz. Here I learned how to communicate professionally from scratch. In 2011 I moved to Vienna in order to pursue another interest of mine – Political Science, which I studied at the University of Vienna.
Social Media, Project Managment, Public and Media Relations
Successful communications require a profound analysis of the given situation and a strategic approach based on this analysis. Well begun is half done.
Thomas Schweinberger, MA
I have always been fascinated by the media, politics and business since I was young. I gained editorial experience at the publishing company Datum Verlag and the national, public-sector broadcaster ORF, where I worked for the weekly programme “Report”, in addition to my studies in politics and journalism & new media. Furthermore, I have worked at the Austrian Federal Press Service (Bundespressedienst) for several years. My first contact with agency life was at Ecker & Partner. I have been part of the communication matters team since 2016, assisting and servicing clients at the interface Public Relations between Public Affairs.
Public and media relations, campaigns, issues management
You cannot plan for everything in communications. Surprises and unexpected twists are part of the daily business tale. Only those who are flexible enough to adapt to new situations fast and work professionally can give their clients ideal support.
Nico Stella, MIM BA
Flexible and solution-oriented – this is how I support the public affairs team at communication matters. My degree in politics and management is the ideal basis for my work at the point where politics, business, media and society meet. I acquired professional experience at GEFAS and at the “Zeit im Bild” (evening news programme) foreign desk of the Austrian Broadcaster ORF during my degree. At communication matters, I work with various clients in the fields of ICT, energy, consumer goods, health and financial services.
Monitoring, government relations, project management
We communicate every day in a variety of ways. To understand these processes, improving them and adapting them to the fast-changing environment is our job.
After school and my gap year in London, I knew I wanted to work in the communication sector and decided to pursue „Journalism and Communication Studies“ at the University of Vienna. In autumn 2015 I started working at communication matters. Working for the “Vienna Daughters’ Day” project I gained experiences in public relations and event management. At communication matters I can apply my theoretical knowledge from university for practical work and deepen my understanding of communication.
My world is centred on numbers. They help me create the organisational and economic basis on which the creative energy at our agency can unfold.
I graduated from business school in 2009. I then discovered that I had a keen interest in numbers when I worked in the health sector. As a result, I started a course at the Wifi Institute in Vienna to train as a certified accountant and personnel accountant in 2012. In my position at the Vienna-based marketing agency pi-five, I was able to use my new skills to the full. I enjoy working in the agency business – and have had the privilege of living that dream at communication matters since 2014, where I can support the team as an accountant and assistant.
Back office, accounting
Reliable information, continuity and persistence are needed to form solid relationships with politicians and administrators.
Mag.a Christina Weichselbaumer, MA
The strategic representation of interests and stakeholder management in politics, administration and industry has been a key component of my career for many years. I gained experience in education-related and environmental NGOs, the European Parliament and in journalism during my degree time. I have also worked for various organisations related to politics. I started working as a public affairs consultant at Thierry Politikberatung in 2012, following stints at VKI – the Consumer Information Association, the union and the microcredit NGO Microfinance Focus in Bangalore (India). I then moved to communication matters in 2014. I also graduated as a Master of European Public Affairs at the German University Institute for Professional Studies, in addition to my studies in politics in Vienna and Tampere (Finland).
Government relations, strategic advice, European public affairs
Change will not come if we wait for the perfect situation or moment. Those who want to be part of political and social developments have to be active, face confrontations and need clear objectives. Therefore, the very essence of my work is strategic consulting and content-related planning of participation. I base my activity on integrity, honesty and responsibility.
Ramona Zmolnig, MA
I started my professional career during my studies of Political Science and Romance Philology working in the communications department of the Austrian Parliamentary Administration. After three years I left the administrative level for a new position as a policy advisor and parliamentary staff member, where my main areas of expertise were security and women’s policy.
Since graduation I have maintained close contact with the academic field. My research focuses on corruption as well as framing and I regularly present my results to the scientific community at conferences or in publications. Furthermore, I worked as a lecturer at the FH Campus Vienna, University of Applied Sciences and am currently teaching at the University of Vienna. In January 2018, I joined the Public Affairs Team at communication matters.
Government Relations, Strategic Consulting, Anti-Corruption and Compliance, Project Management
Digital thinking does not mean changing everything we have learned. However, don’t take this as a carte blanche to leave everything as it is, either. Together, we can find your individual path in digital communications.
Digital Communication Expert (Freelancer)
My work focuses on communications in digital media. I am interested in developing projects that are made-to-measure for the task at hand. This includes selecting strategies, as well as incorporating them into the given structure. My studies at the Danube University Krems (New Media Management) and my volunteer work at Open Knowledge Austria have taught me the importance of building awareness in clients. Individual structures, the integration of digital elements in everyday communications and the development of individual strategies often require just a small number of changes, but can have a tremendous effect on the entire organization. This is the kind of consulting service and project development I have to offer and I always look forward to exciting projects.
Strategic consultancy, Digital Relations, Social-Media-Strategy, E-Mail-Marketing