On October 1, 2022, Lejla Pock will take over the management of “Human.Technology Styria”. She succeeds Johann Harer, who is taking a well-deserved retirement after eight years at the helm of the cluster.
The current financial director of the Styrian Human Technology Cluster has been closely associated with the cluster for almost 20 years. As a partner and authorized signatory of the consulting firm Austin, Pock + Partners, which specializes in technology and innovation, she has already been able to implement numerous projects in the cluster environment and from this time also knows Human.Technology Styria from the community perspective. She brings experience as an entrepreneur, as a start-up, as an SME and as a consulting service provider. This experience and her good knowledge of the Styrian life science sector helped Ms. Pock to prevail in the tender process against strong international competition.
Born in Croatia, she came to Graz in 1993 and has had her center of life in the Styrian capital ever since.
“I am very pleased that the Styrian Human Technology Cluster will in future be headed by an experienced and competent expert who has had excellent knowledge of both the industry and the cluster for many years. She therefore has an appropriate network and reputation among the member companies. I wish her every success in her new task. I would like to thank Johann Harer very much for his commitment over the past years. He and his team have done a great job for the industry, which was particularly in focus during the years of the corona pandemic. I wish him all the best for his future,” said Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Regional Minister for Economic Affairs.
“I have ‘grown along’ with many cluster companies and the cluster itself and was able to accompany them on their successful path. It fills me with joy to see how the strong Styrian life science community has expanded thematically and developed quantitatively in recent years,” said the future managing director Lejla Pock.
The future managing director would like to continue the current strategic orientation: “Styria is well positioned in the life science sector, and with our ‘Strategy 2025+’ we have also set the right priorities: The topics of sustainability, digitalization and innovation in the healthcare sector will increasingly run through our existing areas of strength MedTech and Pharma/BioTech in the coming years. Our goal is to realize the excellent research results in Styria in the form of product and service innovations, to support startups even more strongly and to make optimal use of synergies within the network.”
Lejla Pock will use the coming months to prepare for her new role: “My thanks go to Johann Harer, who has provided such excellent support and development for the community in recent years – an excellent basis for me to now develop the cluster in a targeted manner. It makes me very proud that I will also be able to continue to act as CEO in this industry from October, and I am looking forward to my new task!”