CEO | FOUNDER | OWNER
As an international business consultant with experience from 31 different countries in international civil service, as well as in multinational corporations, Gunnila is probably one of the most experienced management consultants in Sweden, with more than 30 years in the business and with a very broad scope. She has accrued 30 years of experience in managing companies, operations and personnel. Since her time at the PA Council, she works as a behaviourist with a process perspective on business and development of organizations. She is a strong developer with experience from several research projects aimed at bringing about new knowledge in the field of working life. She has worked with both men’s and women’s leadership development since the 1980’s. Her societal interest underlies her involvement in consulting assignments at all levels, from the European Parliament and the European Commission, to various administrations and units in local governments. She has been assigned by many ministries and government agencies in Sweden as well as by many major Swedish companies. Gunnila is a “speaking partner” to CEOs and Directors-Generals during major changes within organizations.
Gunnila was the CEO of Kontura International from 1985 to 2007, and has worked within this field for 36 years. She is familiar with both public and private sectors, in Sweden and internationally. She has led the recurrent program for Management Centre Europe in Brussels, and taught at the graduate level in “Cross Culture Communication” at Thunderbird, The American School of International Management, in Arizona, USA.
Before Gunnila co-founded Kontura, she worked at the PA Council as a consultant focusing on leadership training, team development, coaching, and recruitment. The PA Council was an institution supported by the partners of the labour market, with the aim of promoting research, information and consultation in the workplace.
She has several commissions, including vice chairmanship of the “Swedes Abroad Association”, and is an elected member of the Projects Academy, in Sweden. She is the author of numerous articles within her professional field, and is the co-author of the books “Self-esteem: female, male – human” and “UD-barnens uppväxtmiljö och utveckling[ (UD-Foreign Office children, their upbringing and development). She is also highly soughtafter as a lecturer at both Swedish and international conferences. In 2001, Gunnila was awarded the “The Maureen Dixon Award” by The Office for Health Management, Dublin, Ireland.