May 4, 2020

Information Service Provider CRIF is appointing new head for Germany, Austria and Poland

CRIF has appointed Dr. Frank Schlein as new CEO of business region Germany, Austria and Poland .

As of 1 May 2020, Frank Schlein will take over responsibility for expanding the market position and accelerating the growth of the CRIF Group in the various country markets.

Frank Schlein brings 20 years of experience in risk and address management to his new position. During this time, he was Managing Director of various service companies in the financial services-, data management- and direct marketing-industries, most recently 6 years as President Risk Management at Arvato Financial Solutions.  He lives with his wife and two children in Baden-Baden.

Schlein‘s appointment is aimed at strengthening further the CRIFBÜRGEL presence in Germany thanks to a broad and innovative offering of added-value solutions leveraging our B2B2C data universe. Additionally, he will give new impetus to the growth and distinctive positioning in the local markets, continuing along the business's profitable growth path in Austria and Poland.

"I am honoured and proud to accept this assignment. CRIF represents everything I have been looking for: Innovational power, global presence and financial strength, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit and hands-on mentality. I am very much looking forward to joining a team of more than 5,000 colleagues who, with great competence and passion, support more than 60,000 financial institutions and companies in over 50 countries in their daily decisions," Schlein said, looking forward to his new task.

“I am very pleased to announce the arrival of Frank Schein, who with his track record of achievements, I feel will be the perfect CEO to steer CRIF Bürgel GmbH in Germany, CRIF GmbH in Austria and CRIF SP ZO.O in Poland towards continued growth while strengthening its positioning in the target markets - commented Carlo Gherardi, Chairman of CRIF -. Moreover, in this phase characterized by the explosion of the digital economy - with consumers, B2B and B2C companies and financial institutions expressing new needs - thanks to Frank’s vision and inspiration we have a great opportunity to continue innovating, strenghtening our customer relationships, expanding our business and enriching our service offerings. In addition, the adoption of an ecosystem approach will allow us to bring significant added value to all stakeholders by leveraging our information assets, analytical skills and our best-in-class technologies. I join all of our team members in wishing Frank the very best in his new role in CRIF. It’s the beginning of an exciting journey as I am confident, he will help us reach our goals, always together to the next level”.