Frankfurt office consultants

Meet the team

Gerhard R. Swierzy

Managing Partner

For the last 30 years, Gerhard has successfully managed more than 600 Executive Search assignments for a broad range of both German and international clients, ranging from family-owned companies to Fortune 500 companies and has also conducted management audits. Industries served include Life Sciences and Healthcare, Industrial, Automotive, Technology and Professional Services. Gerhard is a leader of the Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice. He has developed and executed assignments in Europe, America and Asia.

He has been founder and Managing Partner of Cetra / Transearch International Germany since 1987. Prior to that, he achieved extensive experience as a Consultant with Spencer Stuart and Mülder & Partner. Gerhard’s professional career began with a Swiss metal manufacturing company with emphasis on IT services and HR Management. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Politics from Konstanz University and is fluent in English and French.

Gerhard is married and has 3 children. He is an enthusiastic mountain biker, runner and golfer in his leisure time and loves classical music and jazz.

Industry Practice Expertise

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Industrial

Petra Gerstner-Berggren


Petra entered executive search in 1992, starting as a researcher, subsequently as a consultant and later as partner. She spent many years with IIC Partners in Munich; thereafter she built and developed an executive search department for the Dutch company Brunel in Germany.

Petra joined Stanton Chase Frankfurt in September 2010. She has a very deep understanding and know-how about executive search projects; she is very service-oriented and eager to find the best result for each project.

She studied business administration in Germany and Sweden. Petra started her professional career as a strategic purchaser with a leading car parts supplier (today ZF Friedrichshafen).

Petra is married with two children. In her spare time she likes sports (running, golfing, skiing), politics and travelling.

Industry Practice Expertise

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Industrial

Johann. J. Barring


In his professional career, Johann gained in-depth knowledge of the executive search profession and decided in 1997 to switch sides by adapting industry best practise methods and applying a very personal and service oriented approach in dealing with customers and candidates.

Johann studied Business Administration in Germany and started his career with Schmalbach-Lubeca (Continental Can Company, Stanford, USA). After moving to the United States, he attended the MBA Program at Clark University and worked for the market research company Frost & Sullivan, New York and Norton Company, Worcester, manufacturer of ceramics and abrasives. Back in Germany, he joined Tetra Pak and served there for nine years in various sales positions. Thereafter, he was Director Sales and Marketing at a German Crown Cork & Seal subsidiary.

He joined Stanton Chase International as partner early in 2002. His field of competence lies primarily in the areas of packaging and printing, machine building, IT and telecommunications.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Technology

Thomas Anslinger


Prior to joining Stanton Chase Thomas has been living and developing his strong passion for professional services in both German and international companies for more than 15 years. Focusing on marketing and sales he emphasized on the respective organizations to reflect the respective market needs, this sometimes resulting in developing and implementing completely new sales structures.

In 2005 he moved to Executive Search where he served as Business Manager for two international companies. In these roles he continued to focus on resource-intensive service companies in the areas of manufacturing industry as well as food services, facility management, waste management supply chain, transport and logistics. In these industries Thomas successfully filled mainly senior marketing & sales positions, but also positions in nearly all other functional areas. Within the various search projects he successfully applied diagnostic modules and is a specialist in management audit since years.

Thomas studied educational science and human resource management at Hamburg University. He is married to Franziska and has three daughters. In his spare time he plays tennis.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Logistics and Transportation

Margherita Hailemichael


Margherita has more than 10 years of experience in executive search for clients in the fields of Industrial, Technology, Life Sciences and Healthcare and Professional Services. She started her career in research and gained in-depth knowledge in recruiting IT-department managers and specialists, manufacturing and supply chain managers as well as sales and marketing teams.

Margherita has a large and profound IT-background. She started her career as an SAP - consultant with a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railway). As SAP - consultant she was responsible for the definition and analysis of requirements and business process optimization, mainly in logistics, sales and distribution, maintenance and transport for clients in different industries.

Margherita holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences and Media from Hamburg University.

She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends and volunteers for social projects. She is mother of a son.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Industrial
  • Technology

Manfred Michalek

Principal Consultant

Manfred has more than 30 years of professional experience in consumer goods and financial services. In his career, he has held leading managerial positions in companies like Agfa-Gevaert, General Foods/Kraft, PepsiCo, Citigroup, Airplus Company and MasterCard International. In his last position with MasterCard, Manfred was General Manager Central Europe, based in Frankfurt and responsible for some 35 staff. Under his leadership, MasterCard's business for debit- and credit products increased its market share to an impressive 91%.

His personal strengths are his analytical capabilities, the development of successful business strategies and their execution and his managerial capabilities.

Manfred is a graduate of Berlin university and speaks German and English. In his spare time he enjoys sports, photography, reading and a glass of good wine.

Industry Practice Expertise:

  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Financial Services

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Frankfurt Office
Stanton Chase Frankfurt
Kaiser-Friedrich-Promenade 27/29
D-61348 Bad Homburg v.d.H,

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