corporate friends

At corporate friends® GmbH, we are a multidisciplinary team and bring our expertise together to offer our clients customised system solutions in lighting design, lighting management, lighting control and electronics development. Our LED lightings are developed, tested and produced in-house, and are designed to meet the highest quality requirements from museums and cultural institutions worldwide.

Jan Eickhoff Managing Director / Designer
Gesine KutterAuthorized Signatory / Head of Sales
Katarina WenkInternational Project Manager
Severin ObstElectrical Engineering Foreman / Project Manager
Sandy Klunker Production
Nicole BlutProduction
Patrick MöllerMechatronics Technician / Production
Tilo SchneiderProduction
Thomas KutterIT / Purchase
Heike HilsbergOffice Manager / Accounts
Steffi KubaschGraphic Designer
Anne HasselbachPhotographer

Jan Eickhoff

Managing Director / Head of Design

Jan has a profound experience in the lighting industry and has been a Designer developing new product designs for over 20 years. He has outstanding references and played a key role in the development of numerous award-winning industrial products. He has taken part as a jury member of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award - Focus Open 2015.

He graduated as Diplom-Designer FH from the Hochschule Anhalt (Anhalt University of Applied Sciences) in Dessau in 1997.  He has worked as a Product Designer for several well-known companies such as the Designbüro Helmut Staubach in Berlin, ars publicité sarl in Luxemburg, rahe+rahe design in Hannover and the Institute of integrated design at the HFK Bremen (University of the Arts Bremen). Jan has also lectured at several design colleges such as the HFK Bremen (assistant to Prof. Detlef Rahe, department 3D design) and at the department design of Hochschule Anhalt – University of Applied Sciences in Dessau.

He joined the company Mehnert Corporate Design in Berlin in 2000, and became a Partner and Managing Director in 2005. Jan left 2011 and started his own individual company corporate friend® in 2012. At the end of 2017, corporate friends® GmbH, a limited company was set up. Today he designs and develops customized LED-lights for museums, cultural institutions, architectural interiors, hotels, jewellery boutiques, yachts, sailing boats and etc.

Jan speaks some English and French.

Gesine Kutter

Authorised Signatory / Head of Sales

Gesine has over 10 years of experience in Sales and Marketing. She holds a diploma in International Management from the Fachhochschule Mittweida (Mittweida University of Applied Sciences). Following her studies, she joined Probst & Consorten in Dresden developing marketing strategies for public transport, customer and revenue orientation for companies. Gesine graduated with a B.A in Political Science and Communication Science from the Universities of Bielefeld and Dresden in 2009. She was heading a sales force in her previous job before she joined corporate friend® in 2017, and became partner when corporate friends® GmbH was set up in 2018.

Gesine is fluent in English.

Katarina Wenk

International Project Manager

Katarina has over 15 years of international experience in project management, sales & marketing and client relations in various industries. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) Business & Management from the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK. Katarina worked for an asset management firm in London as a Client Relations and Marketing Manager before she moved to Germany. Prior to joining corporate friends® GmbH in 2018, she was a Project Manager working for a museum display case manufacturer managing international museums projects.

Katarina is fluent in 4 languages; English, German, Swedish and Cantonese

Severin Obst

Project Manager / Electrical Engineering Foreman

Severin Obst has been working as an electrical technician for over 10 years. After completing his vocational education in energy and building technology, he graduated in 2016 as Master Electrical Technician. He holds a master certificate from the Chamber of Skilled Crafts in Dresden. He joined corporate friends® GmbH in 2017 to strengthen the sales & production teams.

Severin speaks English after 2 shots of whiskies.