Gerd started his career in the automotive sector and held senior executive roles with Toyota, Nisan and Mercedes Benz. In 2000 he immigrated to Canada and became the national automotive leader for PwC Consulting. He joined Kern/Ferry as a Client Partner leading the automotive and manufacturing practice in 2004 and was promoted to a Senior Client Partner in 2006. In 2009 he founded his own Executive Search firm specializing in the industrial sector and in 2012 he joined with Signium and was the Industrial practice leader until 2015. In 2018-2019 he was elected and served on the Signium board.
During his executive search career, he has completed over 300 senior executive searches both locally and globally.
Gerd is an MBA graduate from Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is fluent in English and Afrikaans. Gerd is an avid cyclist, passionate sailor and golfs whenever he can.