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Karsten Petersen

Expert Partner, Copenhagen

Strategic innovation, corporate incubation and accelerated execution specialist.

Sobre Karsten



  • Co-founder of, and former partner for, Vertical Strategy
  • Digital transformation and growth strategy expert
  • 15+ years of consulting expertise

Karsten Petersen is an expert partner in our Vector: Digital Delivery and Healthcare practices, based in Copenhagen.

With nearly two decades of consulting experience, Karsten co-founded Vertical Strategy and served as a partner for the firm prior to its integration with us in 2020.

An innovation and digital specialist, he has extensive experience across the life sciences, IT, shipping, finance and FCMG spheres. His key client work has involved:

  • A major digital innovation project for a global healthcare player, incorporating image recognition and machine learning to enable new product development; 
  • The incubation process and value proposition design of a >DKK 3B life sciences incubator, encompassing market analysis, customer insights and experience mapping;
  • The digital offering revamp of a biotechnology firm, which spanned the holistic innovation process — from initial customer understanding to ideation, concept-testing and design-to-launch.

Before his tenure at Vertical, Karsten served as the founder and partner of another firm and as a consultant for another top global organization. He also held operations and M&A roles for Royal Unibrew.

He earned an M.S. in Engineering from Aalborg University.

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