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Coronavirus update: JK will ensure continuous operation of its consulting services

We have been following the developments on the spread of the coronavirus very closely over the last few weeks and have taken appropriate steps to continue operating our range of services.

Our top priority is to continue offering you high-quality services while ensuring our employee’s health and safety.

As of today, our employees are working from home. Thanks to our IT-infrastructure and ways of working, we will be able to continue our work for you as normal. Our flexible home office policy and cross-office collaboration are well-established and are part of our team’s standard working routines. You will be able to get in touch with your contact person via email or phone as usual.

As a company, we understand that we have a great responsibility. To ourselves and our families as well as to you, our clients. With the decision to work from home, we want to keep the risk of infection and transmission as low as possible. At the same time, we want to allow our consultants to take care of their loved ones. For these reasons, we have prohibited those employees who belong to a risk group or who have direct relatives with a medical condition from travelling for work purposes or attending meetings in person.

Our virtual platforms will enable us to hold our appointments, meetings and workshops as planned. In our Berlin office, we have set up an audio and video streaming studio and will be able to communicate your messages despite the limitations in this challenging situation. Content examples include -but are not limited to- recording expert interviews or carrying out interactive workshop formats.

Advising you on communicative challenges is our passion. Undoubtedly, these times come with challenges for most businesses and organisations. To be of particular value to you, we are more than happy to support you with the following services:

  • Together with our experienced video streaming partner, we offer digital and interactive alternatives for confidential one-on-one discussions, meetings with opinion leaders, parliamentary breakfasts, panel discussions and events with elements for participation. At the moment, we are preparing to deliver the first of these digital events. Our partner’s platform has been operating successfully for many years, including to host interactive meetings for a wide range of audiences.
  • In close cooperation with you, we are able to support you to adapt your internal communication to address the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves. Adjusting your communication to provide orientation in these uncertain times will strengthen your organisation’s cohesion and support your employees. Every day, we are gaining insights across our various mandates. We would be more than happy to share best-practice examples with you.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to us, please feel free to get in touch at any time.

All the best from the entire JK team

Vera Grote, Denis Kapinos, Heiko Kretschmer, Thorsten Plath and Geraldine Schroeder

Communications consultancy Johanssen + Kretschmer
to extend Managing board

Ex-Corporate Communications Head Geraldine Schroeder appointed Managing Director

On 1 February 2018, Geraldine Schroder was appointed Managing Director of Berlin-based independent communications consultancy firm Johanssen + Kretschmer (JK), alongside Heiko Kretschmer who founded JK's in 2000, and partner Matthias Bischof.

Before joining the company, Geraldine served in executive positions at companies including Swedish utility Vattenfall, German engineering company Voith and French energy giant ENGIE.

Geraldine says: “Dedicated, experienced staff who like complex issues, and a clear focus on clients and their stakeholders – this is JK's recipe for success. I feel honoured to become the third managing director and to use my experience and expertise to develop the firm.”

Managing Partners Heiko Kretschmer and Matthias Bischof say: "We are happy to greatly extend our Managing board and confident that, with Geraldine's know-how and international outreach and experience, we will continue to secure success and market visibility as a leading communications and stakeholder management consultancy in the German market.”

Geraldine Schroeder is based at JK's HQ in Berlin, advising clients across Germany and beyond. She also serves as liaison partner for JK's partnership with UK consultancy Hanover Communications, itself Agency of the Year for Public Affairs 2017.


Johanssen + Kretschmer is a Berlin-based agency specialising in strategic communications. Founded in 2000, we are still independent and currently employ 50 staff. As a full service consultancy, we support companies and organisations of various kinds to develop and implement internal and external communications programmes.

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