DHR International Hires New Partner, Gerlinde Berger, Boosting Firm’s European Industrial and Retail Profile

March 10, 2016

VIENNA, Austria (March, 2016) – DHR International, one of the largest retained executive search firms in the world, is pleased to announce that Gerlinde Berger has joined the firm as Partner. She will work across the Frankfurt, Vienna and Munich offices, providing expertise to DHR International’s industrial, retail and consumer practice groups.

Gerlinde boasts over 15 years of executive search experience, with a focus on the manufacturing sector and specialising in placing talent in the automotive and machinery sectors. Her expertise also includes the retail, luxury goods and consumer sectors having undertaken numerous assignments in these areas.

Gerlinde possesses an in-depth understanding of the business dynamics and executive demands of her clients, with experience serving the global mandates of German, Austrian and Swiss firms across some of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Joining DHR International Neumann in March 2016, Gerlinde had previously been working with the firm as an independent consultant. Prior to this she held the position of Partner at CTPartners Neumann, based in the Vienna, Munich and Cologne offices. Here she worked predominately on strengthening the Asia Pacific Competence Center, with a focus on assignments in the APAC region. She joined CTPartners Neumann when the firm acquired Neumann Partners where she also worked as a consultant.

Before launching her career in executive search, Gerlinde served four years as a diplomat in the Austrian Diplomatic Service, and also holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration and a PhD in Economic Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Frank Smeekes, Managing Partner, Europe, at DHR International, comments: “We’re delighted that Gerlinde is joining the firm and are excited that she will be able to bring her a vast amount of experience which will be hugely beneficial to our industrial, retail and consumer practice groups across Europe.”

“Gerlinde’s strong background in executive search amongst emerging markets, especially across the Asia Pacific region, will be a vital asset in helping DHR International access new sectors and markets.”

About DHR International

For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 60 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s renowned consultants specialise in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base.