As vice president, Franz, 48, will be responsible for developing TNSâ presence in Austria, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in addition to establishing relationships within new markets and expanding the customer base.
TNS is one of the leading providers of business-critical data communications services for transaction-oriented applications. It has 96 points-of-presence in 24 countries across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia. Since establishing operations in Europe in 1996, TNS has expanded its network into 9 European countries.
Commenting on his appointment, Franz said: "Central and Eastern Europe is a fast developing arena as markets open and companies explore the technology options available for business. This presents a wealth of opportunities for TNS which I will seek to harness and develop.
"By strengthening TNSâ position in existing markets and expanding into new business territories, customers can be assured of the highest levels of service and coverage from one of Europeâs most proactive companies, at a time when cross border transaction processing is becoming a reality."
Franz was most recently with Vienna-based Telekom Austria as head of international wholesales. In this role he successfully delivered a 35 per cent increase in revenue despite the challenging conditions presented by its shrinking market. Prior to this, he held senior positions at Astrolink and FaciliCom.
Robert Trehin, managing director TNS Continental Europe, said: "I am delighted that Franz has joined our growing team. His strong sales, business development and telecom background makes him a valuable asset to the company.
"Franz joins TNS at an exciting time as the company is looking to drive expansion within new and existing international territories. He will play a key role in developing TNSâ presence across Central and Eastern Europe by raising the companyâs profile, capitalising on new business opportunities and delivering a high standard of service."
Franz lives in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria with wife Silvia and daughters Magdalena, 18, and Klara, 14. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and sailing.