CIO INSIDE SUMMIT - Michaela Karasek


I am an accomplished HR Director with a proven track record in orchestrating successful change management initiatives within global organizations. With extensive experience in steering intercultural management practices, I bring a dynamic blend of theoretical expertise and hands-on operational prowess to every role.

My journey spans strategic leadership roles across renowned global companies, including my current tenure as Director of Human Resources at CRIF GmbH. Here, I wield comprehensive responsibility for HR activities in Austria, steering transformational change initiatives within the Financial Services sector. Notably, I’ve driven impactful Change Management & Organizational Development, facilitated talent acquisition, and spearheaded robust Performance Management strategies.

Previously, as Human Resources Director at FCA Bank and FCA Austria GmbH within the Automotive & Banking sector, I exercised strategic influence by formulating and executing top-tier HR strategies aligned with organizational objectives, managing multi-million euro budgets, and supervising diverse HR operations.

My career trajectory also includes pivotal roles as an HR Business Partner, Recruiting Manager, and Head of Human Resources in various global companies, honing my expertise in areas spanning Talent Acquisition, Personal & Organizational Development, Compensation & Benefits, and HR Digitalization.

Fluent in German, English, and Spanish, my international education in International Business Studies and continuous focus on intercultural management have enriched my approach to fostering collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environments.

I’m impassioned about leveraging my multifaceted skills, empathic leadership style, and unwavering commitment to driving organizational success through the development and empowerment of its greatest asset: its people.

Let’s connect to explore how my expertise can elevate your organization’s HR strategies and foster a thriving, engaged workforce.