Before establishing Stirling Assynt Karl was Head of Global Security and Fraud Risk at HSBC Holdings plc where he had responsibility for strategic intelligence and security work across the 85 countries where HSBC has offices. A major part of his work involved close liaison with law enforcement and other agencies both in the UK and overseas.
Before joining HSBC Karl served 16 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During that time he held senior posts in London, Hong Kong and Argentina, where amongst other things he was involved in the hand-over of Hong Kong to China and in Falkland Islands security issues. He successfully established a number of inter-governmental counter-terrorism partnerships with European and other government agencies.
He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.