Gertrude Eder

Gertrude Eder is an independent business consultant with a focus on Leadership, General Management and Organisation, Strategy and Business Development, Industrial Marketing and Branding, Coaching of Managers and Junior Managers.

Gertrude Eder spent most of her business life in the paper industry and trade, having been managing director of Brigl &Bergmeister GmbH for about 14 years and recently MD of Roxcel GmbH.

She started her career as marketing Manager in Leykam-Mürztaler (now mills of the Sappi Group and Norske Skog resp) and was sales manager at Hamburger/Rieger (now Prinzhorn Group).

Gertrude Eder is a graduate of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien.


UniCredit Bank Austria, Fotografie
Hedde Draper | Netherlands

Hedde DRAPERManaging Director, Consumer & Retail  

Corporate Finance Advisory CEE | UniCredit Bank Austria AG


Speaker at the 11th International Label Conference 2016

Better Entrepreneuership | Mergers & Acquisitions

Hedde is a Managing Director in UniCredit Group’s M&A advisory team for CEE and Austria, and Head of the Consumer, Retail & Healthcare sector coverage, with over 15 years of international banking experience (of which more than 10 years in M&A) with Credit Suisse, Citigroup and UniCredit.

Selected transactions in Consumer, Retail and Healthcare are the reverse merger of confectionary company Leaf (owned by CVC and Nordic Capital) into Swedish Cloetta, the sale of Georgia Pacific’s pan-European tissue business to SCA, the sale in Israel of Biocontrol’s implantable stimulation device platform to American Medical Systems, PAI’s acquisition of ingredients company Christian Hansen in Denmark and the provision of a fairness opinion to brewer Bavaria in the Netherlands.

Transactions in CEE include the acquisition of Danube Foods Group by MEP in Serbia, the acquisition by EGIS of Biovital (OTC portfolio in Poland) from Bayer AG and the sale of the Kazakh assets of Nations Energy to Chinese company Citic Resources.

Other relevant transactions where Hedde worked on are 3i selling industrial company Hyva to private equity firm Unitas in Hong Kong, the privatization of transportation company Connexxion in the Netherlands and in the utility space the three way merger of Cegedel with Soteg and SFG in Luxemburg.

Hedde has a M.Sc. degree in Finance from London Business School and a M.Sc. degree in Economics from Erasmus University. He is fluent in English and Dutch.


UniCredit is a leading European commercial bank operating in 17 countries with more than 147,000 employees, over 8,500 branches and with an international network spanning about 50 markets.

UniCredit benefits from a strong European identity, extensive international presence and broad customer base.

UniCredit’s strategic position in Western and Eastern Europe gives it one of the region’s highest market shares.

BETTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP | Family Companies |Far from declining…

The head of the business-retro style
To Have And To Hold

…, family firms will remain an important feature of global capitalism for the foreseeable future

FAMILIES HAVE ALWAYS been at the heart of business. Family companies are among the world’s oldest. The Hoshi Ryokan, an inn in Japan, has been in the same family since 718. Kongo Gumi, a Japanese family construction firm, was founded even earlier, in 578, but went bust in 2006. The Antinori family hasbeen producing wine in Tuscany since 1385 and the Berettas have been making guns since 1526.

Family companies played a starring role in the development of capitalism: think of the Barings or the Rothschilds in banking or the Fords and Benzes in car making. Family companies are ideally suited to the early stages of capitalism. They provided two of the most important ingredients of growth, trust and loyalty, in a world where banking and legal institutions were often rudimentary and poor communications made far-flung activities hard to control. Continue reading “BETTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP | Family Companies |Far from declining…”

Mergers & Acquisitions in Food and Beverage


Mergers & Acquisitions in Food and Beverage

Global Consumer M&A had a strong first half to the year, with transactions valued at US$ 202.5bn topping every H1 deal value since 2008 and representing a 42.8% uptick in deal value compared to H1 2014. The increase stemmed from two domestic mega-deals, together accounting for 47.1% of total deal value: HJ Heinz’s US$ 54.5bn acquisition of Kraft within the US food sector and Cheung Kong Holdings US$40.8bn acquisition of CKH & Hutchison Whampoa within Hong Kong’s retail sector. As a result, the Consumer sub-sectors food (US$ 80.2bn) and retail (US$ 105bn) saw an increase in deal value by 129.9% and 106.9% respectively compared to H1 2014 (food worth US$ 34.9bn; retail worth US$ 50.8bn). Food deal value reached its highest H1 deal value since 2007, whilst retail reached its highest H1 deal value on Mergermarket record.

Continue reading “Mergers & Acquisitions in Food and Beverage”

Getting Beyond Better



Who drives transformation in society? How do they do it? How social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust equilibrium and transform them into entirely new, superior, and sustainable equilibria?

Call them disrupters, visionaries, or changemakers – develop, build, and scale their solutions in ways that bring about the truly revolutionary change that makes the world a fairer and better place.

  • Envisioning a new future
  • Building a model for change
  • Scaling the solution

The interesting interaction of entrepreneurship and economic development has vital inputs and inferences for policy makers, development institutes, business owners, change agents and charitable donors. If we understand the benefits and drawbacks, a balanced approach to nurturing entrepreneurship will definitely result in a positive impact on economy and society.

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