We are a multidisciplinary team who bring our expertise together in lighting design and engineering.
As a manufactory in Saxony in Germany, we specialise in the development and manufacture of high quality miniature LED lighting for use in showcases since 2012. We support our clients in the areas of light design, light measurement, lighting control and can offer and implement customer-specific system solutions such as the development of customised lighting. From design to finished product, we offer our clients independent advice, visionary design and system solutions.Our designer has created numerous award winning LED lighting products in Germany. Our notable portfolio includes renowned museum, interior design and luxury store projects and we pride ourselves in working with a diverse international clientele.
Managing Director and Designer
Jan Eickhoff has been working as a designer for more than 20 years and has been instrumental in the development of numerous award winning industrial products. After completing his studies as Diplom-Designer FH at the Hochschule Anhalt Dessau (Anhalt Dessau University of Applied Sciences), he worked in the field of product design for several renowned offices such as the design office Prof. Helmut Staubach in Berlin, ars publicité sarl in Luxembourg, rahe+rahe design in Hanover and the Institute for Integrated Design at the HFK Bremen. He joined Mehnert Corporate Design in 2000 in Berlin and was subsequently involved in the founding of Mehnert Corporate Design Gmbh & Co. KG in 2005 and became a partner and managing director. Jan founded his own company corporate friend® in 2011. The foundation of corporate friends® GmbH followed at the end of 2017.
Authorised Signatory and Sales Director
Gesine Kutter brings more than 10 years of experience in business development to the company. She obtained a Diploma in International Management from the Fachhochschule Mittweida (Mittweida University of Applied Sciences) in 2005. After completing her studies, she worked in the marketing department for Probst & Consorten in Dresden. Subsequently in 2009, she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Science at Bielefeld and Dresden. During her studies, she worked for Euroflag GmbH in Moscow, the Sächsischen Landtag and the Sächsische Landeszentrale for Political Education. Gesine started working in sales at Sachsen Fahnen GmbH & Co. KG in 2010 and later became the sales manager. She joined corporate friend® in 2016 and became a partner when corporate friends® GmbH was founded. Gesine Kutter speaks fluent English.
International Project Manager
Katarina Wenk has over 15 years of international experience in project management, sales and marketing and customer relations in various industries. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Business & Management from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK. Prior to moving to Germany, she worked as an Account Manager and Marketing Manager for an asset management company in London. Before joining corporate friends® GmbH in 2018, she worked as a project manager for a museum showcase manufacturer who managed international museum projects. Katarina speaks 4 languages fluently; English, German, Swedish and Chinese.
Electrical Engineering Technician and Project Manager
Severin Obst has been working as an electrical engineer technician for over 10 years. After completing his training as an energy and building technician, he qualified as a master electrical engineer technician in 2016. He holds a Master Certificate from the Dresden Chamber of Trades and Crafts. Severin joined corporate friends® GmbH in 2017 to strengthen the sales and production team.