General Manager - Karl Gruns

  • U.S. Certified Public Accountant
  • International Business Experience
  • Negotiations Trainer
  • Educated in Coaching and Systemic Supervision
  • Member Board of Directors of Private and Public Companies
  • CFO experience of Public Company
  • English and German language native speaker

Mr. Gruns has over 40 years of international experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), manager and business consultant. His corporate executive background includes the position of Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed German company where he was responsible for over 31 corporate subsidiaries located in Europe, Asia, Australia and USA. Although his work has taken him to many countries in the world, the main geographical focus has been in Europe and the USA. Since 2001 his cultural horizon has grown to include Saudi Arabia/ Dubai/Bahrain in the middle-east region and just recently Ghana, Africa.

His business experience includes planning, negotiation and implementation of company restructures and re-organizations, M&A transactions (Mergers and Acquisitions), and strategic alliances. Besides being a business partner to his clients, Mr. Gruns currently holds or has held supervisory board positions in private and publicly listed companies registered in Germany, USA and Kingdom of Bahrain.

As can be expected, in all of these real life situations, intercultural communication and negotiation plays a most important part for him and his clients. Being fluent in both the English and German languages and having a deep understanding of the related cultural and business customs, Mr. Gruns has extensive hands-on experience negotiating effectively in both languages. Because of his international background he also has considerable negotiation experience working with multi-cultural teams. He passes on this know-how to managers and ā€œCā€ level executives mostly through in-house training seminars in negotiation and intercultural communication. He jokingly notes that he received his master degree in negotiation and mediation during the 8 years he lived in the commune which he founded with 7 adults and 6 children (ages 4-12), two being his own which he raised as a single parent.