Head of Communications Sven Korndörffer is leaving Commerzbank
September 15 2023
Sven Korndörffer, Divisional Board Member and responsible for Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Brand & Research and the Commerzbank Foundation since April 2021, will leave Commerzbank at his own request with effect from October 31, 2023. After almost three decades in banking, he is willing to face a new professional challenge outside the industry.
CEO Manfred Knof explained: "I very much regret that Commerzbank is losing Sven Korndörffer. Through his successful work he has contributed to decisively strengthening the bank’s reputation and to regaining our stakeholders’ trust. Furthermore, Sven Korndörffer has a significant part in the fact that we have succeeded in creating a genuine sense of optimism in the bank after difficult years. For me personally, he has always been a valuable advisor and stimulator. I would like to thank Sven Korndörffer, also on behalf of the entire Management Board, very warmly for everything he has done for Commerzbank. We wish him all the best for his future."
Sven Korndörffer said: "Commerzbank is once again perceived as a successful bank that is indispensable for Germany. It has been a pleasure for me, together with my great team, to provide to a certain extent support to Manfred Knof shaping the successful transformation of Commerzbank over the past two and a half years. I wish the Bank and its management team the success it deserves for the future. I myself am now looking forward to the next phase of my career and the opportunity to realize long-cherished plans."
Following the departure of Sven Korndörffer, the management of the Group Management Communications segment of Commerzbank will be taken on an interim basis by Silvana Herold, Head of Corporate Communications.
Commerzbank is the leading bank for the German Mittelstand and a strong partner for around 26,000 corporate client groups and almost 11 million private and small-business customers in Germany. The Bank’s two Business Segments – Private and Small-Business Customers and Corporate Clients – offer a comprehensive portfolio of financial services. Commerzbank transacts approximately 30 per cent of Germany’s foreign trade and is present internationally in almost 40 countries in the corporate clients’ business. The Bank focusses on the German Mittelstand, large corporates, and institutional clients. As part of its international business, Commerzbank supports clients with German connectivity and companies operating in selected future-oriented industries. In the Private and Small-Business Customers segment, the Bank is at the side of its customers with its brands Commerzbank and comdirect: online and mobile, in the advisory centre, and personally in its branches. Its Polish subsidiary mBank S.A. is an innovative digital bank that serves approximately 5.7 million private and corporate customers, predominantly in Poland, as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
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