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Karina Gerdes

Corporate Development Manager at Gardner Aerospace


I am an enthusiastic individual with a "can do" attitude and a keen interest in communication, organisational development and market intelligence with experience across multiple functions in an organisation including Marketing, HR and Continuous Improvement/ Business Excellence.

I would describe myself as culturally adaptable (having an international background and working in a multi-cultural organisation that is still "small" enough to be controlled centrally), analytical and curious, professional, imaginative, Tech savvy and pragmatic. In addition to that I am a quick learner with a natural aptitude to project management, so I am capable of working confidently with all levels and functions within an organisation, including effective stakeholder and expectation management.

I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, continuously developing and expanding my skill set.

Work History


Corporate Development Manager

Gardner Group Limited

Primary responsibilities: Active support of M&A activity, Coordination of the Gardner Aerospace Group Excellence Academy, Production and Management of promotion material including videography projects, Communications strategy (implementation, design and management internally and externally), PR implementation and management, Website management and development, Business development support including market intelligence, communication and branding, Oversight of internal reporting mechanisms


Executive Assistant

Gardner Group Limited

Primary responsibilities: Active support of M&A activity/ Continuous improvement activities (such as standard policies and procedures and best practice sharing)/ Production and Management of promotion material including videography/ Communications strategy (implementation, design and management internally and externally)/ PR implementation and management/ Website management and development/ Business development support including market intelligence, communication and branding/ Oversight of internal reporting mechanisms including sense checking of incoming data


Marketing Coordinator & PA to the President

AGC AeroComposites

Design and coordination of Marketing Material, Branding, Website development, PR coordination, Event coordination, support of RFQ response framework and administration, generation of strategic market intelligence, heavy involvement in business development activities incl. trade show organisation/BD reports/ business performance reviews/sales support


Marketing Consultant


Voluntary work during studies: Implementation of branding and project infrastructure in order to ensure consistent brand image and recognition; development of website and social media strategy and design of marketing material


Marketing Assistant


Internship and freelancing during studies: Project management, promotion, organisation, client administrative duties, strategic development, market research, PowerPoint presentations and visuals. Progressed to further responsibilities such as representing the company and client support


Personal Assistant

ThyssenKrupp Bilstein Suspension

PA to the head of internal Marketing and chief editor of the corporate staff magazine for a global organisation. Involved editing, planning, organisation and administration duties 



MSc in Marketing

University of Nottingham Business School
  • Academic concentration in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Theory

M.A. in Advertising and Marketing Communication

Bournemouth University
  • Academic concentration in Integrated Marketing, Communication and the Neuromarketing industry

BSc in Communication and Media Management

BiTS - Business and Information Technology School
  • Academic concentration in PR, Marketing, TV and Radio Production and Management, Event Management, Stakeholder Management
  • Introduction to Tax, Law, and general Business Management studies
  • Media Academies and Journalist Bootcamp and further Soft skill Training, such as computer literacy and influencing skills


Available upon request from my current and past employers.