was born in Vienna in 1954 and completed his secondary education in Purkersdorf and Vienna. After completion of his studies at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna he worked for an international public accounting company in Vienna as an audit assistant and later on in the tax consulting department of two Viennese accountancy firms. Mr. Schwab was appointed tax consultant in 1984, and since 1995, he has been working as a freelancer. In 1999, he was appointed Managing Director of ARTUS. The main focus of his activities is individual tax advice for small and medium-sized enterprises, tax optimization, business start-ups, accounting, organization of businesses, financial criminal law, restructuring as well as assistance with company audits. Gerhard Schwab is a member of the Chamber of Chartered Accountants, as well as the Austrian Federation of Industry. His free time is devoted to music, reading, sailing and traveling.