We are there when you need us.
We are communication professionals when it comes to solving acute or complex tasks. Because difficult tasks and urgent jobs need trouble-shooters. Our experts specialise in Change, Crisis, Litigation and Strategy.
Alfred Autischer is founder and principal shareholder of Gaisberg Consulting. As an expert for litigation PR, he has overseen large disputes over the last few years as a communications advisor and/or spokesperson. Alfred possesses more than 20 years of international experience in the areas of reputation management and public affairs. In 1986 he founded his first PR agency, which he made part of the agency Grayling, one of the largest and most respected agencies in the world. Before founding Gaisberg Consulting Alfred was the Managing Director Western Europe for Grayling. Alfred received a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Salzburg and teaches regularly at the Universities of Krems and Vienna.
Sandra Luger is shareholder and managing partner at Gaisberg Consulting and has over 20 years of experience in strategy and communications consulting on the agency side. Sandra Luger has accompanied top managers and companies across all industries in their strategic positioning and in challenging phases such as restructuring, crises or strategy and innovation processes. Until 2011 she was a member of the Management Board of Grayling Austria. Prior to that, she was a consultant at Hauska & Fleishman Hillard for four years. Sandra Luger holds a master's degree in journalism and a translation degree from the University of Vienna. Sandra Luger teaches at the University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten.
Verena Nowotny is a partner and authorized officer at Gaisberg Consulting. With more than 20 years of international experience she supports companies, start-ups and institutions mainly in the areas of strategic communication, crisis communication and public affairs. Verena Nowotny worked for more than ten years as a spokesperson for the Austrian Federal Government, including as foreign policy spokeswoman for Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and as spokeswoman for Austria's non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council in New York. In 2007/08 she lived and worked in Shanghai. Verena Nowotny has worked as a spokesperson and crisis manager in numerous corporate and public crisis situations, including the 2004 tsunami catastrophe. She holds a master's degree in political management from George Washington University in Washington DC. Verena Nowotny teaches crisis communication at the Danube University Krems and at the FH Campus Vienna.
Christiane Berghold is managing director at Gaisberg Consulting. In this position she is responsible for the financial and HR management of the firm. She possesses an extensive know-how of the communications industry and knows all organisational requirements in working with the media and companies. Prior to joining Gaisberg she was an advisor and office manager of a large Austrian firm. Before that Christiane organised the non-partisan committee of President Heinz Fischer in the 2010 elections and worked in the cabinet of former Finance Minister Ferdinand Lacina.
Thomas Huemer is Partner and Senior Consultant at Gaisberg Consulting. With more than 20 years of national and international experience, his focus is on litigation PR, crisis communication and strategic consulting. Thomas Huemer has a profound know-how in the areas of strategy development, international M&A projects, international communication work, crisis communications and litigation PR. Before joining Gaisberg Consulting, Thomas Huemer was Head of Communications at the international Schweighofer Group, Head of Corporate Communications at Meinl Bank AG and press spokesman for the oil and gas group OMV. Prior to that, Thomas Huemer was Head of Public Relations for the association of architects and engineering consultants. At the beginning of his career, the historian and political scientist worked in the Parliamentary Club of the Liberales Forum as a research assistant and press officer.
Paul Trummer is a communications advisor at Gaisberg Consulting and supports clients in challenging situations in dealing with the media. Before his work with Gaisberg he gained extensive communications experience on the national and international level as the spokesman for a finance minister. He owes his practical know-how and knowledge of the Austrian media scene to his long activity as an economic and political journalist for an Austrian newspaper. Paul graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business with a degree in Business Administration.
Silvio Piskernigg advises clients in the areas of financial and crisis communication. He is a versatilely communication expert with international experience, especially in the financial sector. Before Gaisberg Consulting he worked for First Data, one of the world’s leading service providers in the area of cashless payments. There he worked in various marketing & communications positions in Austria and the United Kingdom, most recently as Communications Manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Before that he gained experience with Austrian banks. Silvio received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with study visits to England and Italy. He is lecturer for Crisis Communication and Issue Management at the University of Applied Sciences Krems.
Ute Stocker is a senior consultant at Gaisberg Consulting and advises clients in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and construction industries. She supports companies primarily in the areas of digital communication, strategic corporate and expert positioning, brand management and employer branding. In addition to her diploma in Theatre, Film and Media Studies, she holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication Studies from the University of Vienna.
Mira Leodolter is a Senior Consultant at Gaisberg Consulting. Before joining Gaisberg, she worked as an expert for communication and PR at the Schweighofer Group. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant for a Viennese PR agency and as consultant in the Ministry of Economics. She completed the trainee program of the Federation of Austrian Industry where she gained experience in various departments. Mira Leodolter studied International Business at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she also obtained her Master's degree.
Johanna Carotta is a consultant at Gaisberg Consulting and has experience in a variety of fields of communications. During her studies of translation and media sciences, with a focus on public relations, she already gained valuable experience in the communications industry. After several jobs at major events, she completed an internship in the marketing department of a municipal service provider and, most recently, worked for a Viennese PR agency.
Gabriel Graber advises clients on strategic and communication challenges as a junior consultant at Gaisberg. He studied Business Administration and Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the City University of New York. He gained experiences in banking and project teams in international banks, a business law firm in Vienna and in the European Parliament. Gabriel Graber worked for Raiffeisen Bank International AG in Brussels in the Governmental and Public Affairs department. Before joining Gaisberg Consulting, he worked on capital market projects for Hering Schuppener, one of the largest global consultancies for strategic communications, in Frankfurt.
Michele Goll is Office Manager at Gaisberg Consulting and coordinates the organizational and administrative processes of the agency. She has several years of professional experience in the field of event management. Before she worked as a general manager for a Viennese company from the event industry. Since October 2019 she is studying part-time business law at the university of economy Vienna.