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Daily press, 2021-10-18, 09:00 AM

TK Elevator reorganizes Communications & Marketing Department

  • Dr. Anahid Rickmann takes over as Head of Communications & Marketing
  • Nicholas Neu is the new Head of External Communications
  • Laura Herrmann takes over as Head of Internal Communications & Projects
  • Michael Lemke completes the new communications team as Head of Marketing

Düsseldorf, October 18th, 2021 – TK Elevator, one of the leading companies in the elevator and escalator industry, is reorganizing its Communications & Marketing department. Dr. Anahid Rickmann took over as the head of this department at the beginning of October. The political scientist comes from the Swiss automotive supplier Autoneum, where she was responsible for the company's global communications and sustainability strategy as Head of Corporate Communications & Responsibility. With her new team, Rickmann is to further sharpen the profile of the former thyssenkrupp business area as an independent company and strengthen its global reputation.

"We are very pleased to welcome communications expert Anahid Rickmann, who looks back on years of experience in financial and marketing communications as well as corporate responsibility. Together with her new team, she will market and highlight our company's technical expertise and pioneering role even more strongly, especially with regard to our industry-leading digital solutions”, says Peter Walker, CEO at TK Elevator. "Anahid will also contribute to continuously advancing our ambitious ESG approach to ensure maximum sustainability of all our products and processes." Rickmann succeeds Nicole Pichin, who has led Communications & Product Marketing at TK Elevator for the past 14 months.

Anahid Rickmann was responsible for global communications at Autoneum, a leading global, stock-listed automotive supplier for noise and heat protection, as a member of the company's Group Executive Committee from 2012. Previously, she worked as spokesperson for the Axpo Group and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).

The new Head of Communications & Marketing will be supported by Nicholas Neu, who has currently taken on the position of Head of External Communications. The economist comes from Hübner, a supplier to the bus and rail industry, where he was responsible for worldwide communications and global marketing in recent years. Before that, Neu built up the communications department at Wingas, a natural gas company operating throughout Europe, and was press spokesman at the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim and at the BASF subsidiary Wintershall.

The function as Head of Internal Communications & Projects will be taken over by Laura Herrmann. She joins from pet food manufacturer Royal Canin, a segment of Mars Petcare, where she was Communications Manager responsible for internal and external communications for the DACH markets. In previous years, Herrmann headed internal communications at the perfumery chain Douglas as Internal Communications Officer.

The new Communications & Marketing team at TK Elevator is complemented by Michael Lemke as Head of Marketing. He has many years of marketing experience in the elevator and escalator sector and already worked in the thyssenkrupp business area before its carve-out. In recent years, Lemke was responsible for the strategic realignment of marketing communications for TK Elevator in the Asia Pacific region. Before that, he worked for several years as a marketing manager in the marketing of escalators.

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TK Elevator (formerly: thyssenkrupp Elevator)
With customers in over 100 countries served by 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €8 billion in the fiscal year 2019/2020. Over 1,000 locations around the world provide an extensive network that guarantees closeness to customers. Over the past decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent since its sale by thyssenkrupp AG in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business represented by over 24,000 service technicians. The product portfolio covers commodity elevators for residential and commercial buildings to cutting-edge, highly customized solutions for state-of-the-art skyscrapers. In addition, it also consists of escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based service solutions, such as the MAX platform, are gaining in importance. With these digital offerings, there are no limits to urban mobility anymore. TKE – move beyond.