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January 04, 2021

Sven Korndörffer appointed as new Head of Communications at Commerzbank

  • Previous Divisional Board Member for Group Communications Richard Lips left the Bank at the end of the year

Sven Korndörffer will take up his position as new Head of Group Communications at Commerzbank on 1 April 2021 at the latest. He will succeed Richard Lips who left Commerzbank at the end of last year at his own request. As Divisional Board Member for Group Communications at Commerzbank, Sven Korndörffer will take over responsibility for the Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Brand Management and Communication Products and Services divisions, including corporate communications, public affairs with its liaison offices in Brussels and Berlin, brand management, market research and the Commerzbank foundation. He will report to Manfred Knof, who took over as Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank on 1 January 2021.

Manfred Knof, CEO of Commerzbank, said: “I am delighted to have won an experienced, bold and creative communications manager in Sven Korndörffer. He will set a fresh tone in Group Communications during a demanding transformative phase for Commerzbank, thus making an important contribution towards leading Commerzbank into a sustainably successful future. On behalf of the Board of Managing Directors and the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Richard Lips for the outstanding service he has rendered to Commerzbank over the last 15 years. We all wish him the very best for his further personal and professional life.”

Sven Korndörffer will join from Aareal Bank, where he is Managing Director Group Communications and Governmental Affairs, holding responsibility for internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. Prior to joining Aareal Bank, he held various positions at Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB) between 1995 and 2007, initially within Group Communication and International Relations, later as personal assistant to the Chairman of the Executive Board. In his most recent position at NordLB, the graduate economist headed the Management Board Office as a Bank Director.

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About Commerzbank
Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in nearly 50 countries. The Bank’s two business segments – Private and Small-Business Customers and Corporate Clients – offer a comprehensive portfolio of financial services precisely tailored to their customers’ needs. Commerzbank transacts approximately 30% of Germany’s foreign trade and is the market leader in German corporate banking. The Bank offers its sector expertise to its corporate clients in Germany and abroad and is a leading provider of capital market products. Its subsidiary mBank in Poland is an innovative digital bank. The integration of Comdirect enables Commerzbank to combine the services of one of Germany’s most advanced online banks with a personal advisory offering at local level. The Bank serves around 11.6 million private and small-business customers nationwide and over 70,000 corporate clients, multinationals, financial service providers, and institutional clients worldwide. Its Polish subsidiary mBank S.A. has around 5.7 million private and corporate customers, predominantly in Poland, but also in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2019, Commerzbank generated gross revenues of €8.6 billion with approximately 48,500 employees.

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