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Handing over the baton at MS Gesellschaft Wien


“Life belongs to the living, and those who live must be prepared for change.” This quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the best way for us team members to sum it up. Because even our lively team renews itself regularly, while the core and expertise of the MS Gesellschaft Wien remains the same as it has been for more than 60 years.

What changes remains flexible

Portrait of Karin Krainz

Karin Krainz

At the end of the year, our long-standing managing director Karin Krainz retires. She joined the MS Society Vienna in December 2001 and over the past 10 years she has led the organisation – and later also the Austrian MS Society – through all its ups and downs. The entire team would like to thank you, Karin, for your prudent leadership and consistency. We wish you a happy retirement!

Board member of the MS Society Vienna and Viennese environmental consultant Manuela Lanzinger, herself affected by MS, thanks Karin Krainz

“Karin started in social counseling at the MS Society Vienna and is therefore very familiar with the wishes and problems of people with MS and their relatives. As Managing Director, her aim in developing new priorities was to ensure that the MS Society Vienna and the umbrella organisation ÖMSG offer the best possible support for those affected. I would like to thank Karin for her commitment to the interests of people with MS, the many years of valuable cooperation and her empathy in our exchange of ideas for planning campaigns.”


Portrait of Christian Strasser

Christian Strasser

Karin Krainz will be succeeded by Christian Strasser, former assistant to the CEO. He has been familiarising himself with the responsibilities of the MSGW management since autumn 2019 and therefore knows exactly how to lead the Vienna team.

We look forward to changes in the new year. As a patient organisation, our passion is working for our members. We look forward to calls and visits to our advice center.


© Photo studio Medwed People: Karin Krainz, Christian Strasser

© MS Gesellschaft Wien: Handing over the baton

Report by

Edith Fojtik for MS Gesellschaft Wien, Dec 2023

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