May 2005 - Present
Aug 2003 - May 2005
Manager, Product Public Relations
Jan 2002 - Aug 2003
Manager CRM and Internet
Saab Automobile Schweiz
Jan 1998 - Dec 2001
Manager, Brand Communications & Strategic Communications
1995 - 2000
Book publication: Kirchner, Karin (2001). Integrierte Unternehmenskommunikation. Theoretische und empirische Bestandsaufnahme und eine Analyse amerikanischer Grossunternehmen. Westdeutscher Verlag.Wiesbaden.
1996 - 1998
1989 - 1995
I would like to work as Director Corporate Communications for an international company.
Karin Kirchner was assigned to the GM Europe Corporate Communications team on February 1, 2005, as Manager Corporate Communications, based in the company European headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. On August 1, 2008, she became Manager, Corporate and Financial Communications. Karin is a GM Europe spokesperson for all business relevant issues to the various media on a pan-European base. She is also in charge of financial communications, corporate communications strategy development, executive communications and interviews and media training for executives. Karin leads a team of one and reports to Frank Klaas, GME General Director Corporate Communications. Previously, Karin was Manager, Product Public Relations at GM Europe, focusing on alternative propulsion technology communications. She joined GM in January of 1998. Since then she held a number of key communications positions in Zurich at GM Europe and Saab Automobile. Before she joined GM Europe, she was Assistant Professor for public relations at the University of Salzburg, where she earned her doctorate in communications. Karin holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Communications from University of Salzburg, Austria. Her Ph.D. thesis is available on amazon.de. Karin is a communications generalist with operational experience in corporate and financial communications, product and marketing communications as well as CRM and websites. She has substantial experience in supervising agencies and as a team leader. She has an international focus and likes working in an international environment.