Gergely Ábrahám, CEO, Grayling Hungary

  • 24 Jan 2013 11:00 AM
Gergely Ábrahám, CEO, Grayling Hungary
Gergely has over 10-year private and public sector experience in public relations and public affairs. His specialist expertise includes corporate communications, public affairs and issues & crisis management.

He has worked across different many sectors including energy, construction, telecommunications and healthcare.

He started his career as a journalist, at, one of the most popular news portals in Hungary and at national daily, Népszabadság. He also worked for different telecommunication companies where he was responsible for communications and PR activities. He spent altogether 4 years in the public sector; he was working as a Press Officer in the Hungarian Parliament. Before Grayling Gergely worked in a governmental position where he served as senior advisor and spokesperson for the Ministry of Economy and Transport for more than two years.

Gergely joined Grayling as a Director of Public Affairs in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed CEO of Grayling Hungary. Grayling is a leading public affairs and public relation consultancy and part of a strong regional & global network.

1. Where did you grow up?
After my parents finished their university studies in Szeged, as chemists they both got a job in the other side of the country, so the family moved to Kazinbarcika. I was born and grew up there, but after completing my first year in high school, my family moved back to Szeged where I lived until 2003 and studied communication at University of Szeged.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
New York City, and I would love to live at Central Park East or West.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
Family and food.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Off the beaten track, discover non-tourist places, such as flow market at Pecsa or see interesting spots and beauties of Budapest through geocaching in the city and Buda hills. My recent favorite is the Veli Bei Spa in Buda.

5. What is your favourite food?
Everything my wife cooks.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?
Ice hockey, I played when I was a teenager.

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
Budapest and the area where I live.

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
When I was younger I dreamed about an architect carrier and creating nice smaller buildings and houses.

9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?
Any job without challenges and long term perspective.

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Lake Balaton, we had great a time with my family in Balatonlelle and Siófok, then with friends in Balatonalmádi.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
It is going to be an active one, skiing in Austria.

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
All Bud Spencer and Terence Hill movies.

13. What can’t you resist?

14. Red wine or white?
It depends on the occasion and meal, but I prefer red most of the time.

15. Book or movie?
Book, then movie.

16. Morning person or night person?
Rather night, but from September the school for my older daughter will start and this will force me to wake up early.

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
I think education is among the most important issues today and it has a significant impact on our children’s future.

18. Buda or Pest side?
Working in Pest, living in Buda.

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
My wonderful family with three girls: two daughters and my wife.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Use your common sense, listen, analyze and think further to understand the world better.

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