An eye for future-oriented trends.
Christopher Gerdes and his team identify trends in the business environment before they become mainstream. Together they evaluate their observations, derive recommendations for action and examine the potential impact on the present corporate strategy. The job is relevant to a wide variety of corporate units and diversity comes as a prerequisite. An interview about taking bold steps, sustainability and the benefits of peers.
While Christopher Gerdes (39) was working for Mercedes-Benz as a consultant in 2009, he quickly received an offer to join the company's product strategy department. The spirit of his team and the challenge of putting the S-Class on the road as our flagship excited him so much at the time that he found it easy to say "yes." Christopher, who comes from the vicinity of Ulm and who studied political science and administrative sciences at universities in Constance, Shanghai and Istanbul, has previously shared responsibility for many international projects, including projects for digital services and new business models. In his opinion, foreign experiences are important for learning to understand the world through different eyes and being able to judge other viewpoints and lines of reasoning. Because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented a planned vacation trip to Asia with his wife and their two daughters, he showed his children scenes from his semester abroad in Shanghai online. He was amazed to see how much the booming metropolis has changed since 2005. In his leisure time, Christopher's rule is family first. He and his family often spend time outdoors. They especially enjoy Lake Constance and the areas surrounding his hometown of Ulm.