He is an expert in M&A communications, Private Equity, media relations, as well as crisis and reputation management.
At the beginning of 2013, Oliver spent eight months managing the media relations and communications at Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a world class copper and gold mine in Mongolia, managed by Rio Tinto.
Before joining Kekst CNC in early 2007, Oliver worked as a financial journalist at U.K. financial trade publication Mergermarket (FT Group) where he covered Private Equity and Germany.
Oliver holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Marketing and is bilingual in German and English.
Q&A with Oliver
How has the firm changed since you first joined?
I joined Kekst CNC in early 2007. It’s fair to say that it has changed considerably since then. Kekst CNC has grown into a truly international advisory firm, and can now offer a seamless approach far beyond CNC’s historic European roots. At the same time the foundations have stayed very much the same. Our clients always come first and we still hire not only the brightest, but also the nicest people. That’s what makes Kekst CNC a place where I have enjoyed going to work to every day over the past decade and more - and how many people can say that?
What does success look like to you?
Surely being happy with what you have achieved must be the height of success.
What advice do you have for aspiring communications professionals?
Stay a generalist as long as you can and learn from all disciplines. What we do is already niche enough and being versatile will benefit you throughout your career and make you a better advisor. Also, try spending some time on secondment in-house. The time I spent doing this in Asia gave me a deeper understanding of the challenges our clients face.
What are the major industry challenges in the next 3 to 5 years?
Keeping up with the speed of change. Digital and AI will continue to transform our industry. To stand still and not be innovative would be fatal.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Sometimes an early flight or call. But more often than not my two kids. The best alarm clock in the world. They are always on time and make you smile.
What would be your favorite travel tip?
Very simple. Travel. See the world, visit other countries and cultures. You’ll be amazed how much there is to see and learn.