Management

The great challenge facing companies in these times is to keep following and communi­cating their strategy under extra­ordinary conditions.

/ Egbert DeekelingBIO Contact

/ Egbert DeekelingSenior Partner
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-302
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Egbert Deekeling is a Senior Partner. The company founder supports and advises communications experts, CEOs and top managers, especially during phases of comprehensive, large-scale transformation. He is one of the most renowned experts in this field.

Egbert graduated in sociology and later became Managing Director at ABC/EUROCOM. In 1995, he founded Deekeling & Fiebig, which later evolved to become the strate­gic communications consultancy Deekeling Arndt/AMO. Egbert Egbert is co-author and co-publisher of a number of specialist books on the topic of change communications, CEO commu­nications and commu­nications in times of digital trans­formation.

Today, even successful companies are forced to justify their right to exist. They can no longer focus exclusively on the capital markets but must operate in a wider societal context.

/ Olaf ArndtBIO Contact

/ Olaf ArndtSenior Partner
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-140
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Olaf Arndt is a Senior Partner, responsible for the Corporate & Public Affairs division. One of his focus areas is executive coaching, particularly in crisis situations and phases of strategic realignment. He supports top management in communicating success-critical topics to policy-makers, the media, opinion-makers and the capital market.

Olaf trained in journalism, after graduating in political science, sociology and history. He draws upon his many years of management and consulting experience with renowned consulting firms. He co-authored the book “CEO-Kommu­nikation. Strategien für Spitzen­manager” (CEO commu­nica­tions. strategies for top managers), with Egbert Deekeling.

Impetus that triggers new ways of thinking and ideas which bring together the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds are the best catalysts for successful transformation processes.

/ Dr Christina AftingBIO Contact

/ Dr Christina AftingManaging Director
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-181
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Dr Christina Afting is a Managing Director. She provides consulting to companies on complex change and modernisation processes as well as the digital transformation. She specialises in the conceptualisation and design of executive and employee communications as well as in the development of agile formats for new forms of collaboration and leadership.

Christina studied biology and completed her doctoral degree with the Max-Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. After her studies, she undertook a traineeship in journalism and PR at the German Aerospace Center, after which she worked at the communications departments of a number of pharma companies. Before moving into consulting, she worked for Axel Springer SE for eight years, where she held a number of positions supporting the digital transformation. She has built up a comprehensive network within the media and the start-up industry.

The challenge of our times with regard to change lies in the simultaneity of restructuring and innovation in the future.

/ Susanne ArndtBIO Contact

/ Susanne ArndtManaging Partner
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-125
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Susanne Arndt is a Managing Partner. In collaboration with Michael Fuchs, she heads up the Change & Leadership division. She spe­cialises in supporting trans­formation processes, especially in the context of strategic re­align­ment, digital transformation, restructuring, vision and value processes as well as integration processes.

After completing her degree in German, history and media studies, Susanne spent ten years working at another communications consul­tancy before joining Deekeling Arndt/AMO. She has extensive experience in corporate commu­nications, corporate responsibility, change, and crisis commu­nications. As a specialist in change manage­ment, she has a wealth of experience in dealing with different interests and target groups as well as in communicating complex business decisions in various industry contexts. She co-authored the book “Change-Kommunikation” (Change communications) with Egbert Deekeling and Dirk Barghop.

In times of global transformation, companies need a plausible narrative that integrates their strategic goals and makes sense of their plans for the business.

/ Dr Dirk BarghopBIO Contact

/ Dr Dirk BarghopSenior Partner
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-130
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Dr Dirk Barghop is a Senior Partner. He advises companies on executive and employee communications during times of highly complex (digital) transformation and renewal processes. His specialises in developing strategic commu­nications programmes and designing executive commu­nications processes.

Dirk holds a Ph.D. in historical anthropology and produced a thesis exploring communications among the elite rulers in ancient Rome. Before embarking on his consulting career, he worked in research and teaching at third-level. Egbert is co-publisher of the books “Kommuni­kation im Corporate Change. Maß­stäbe für eine neue Management praxis” (Communications in times of corporate change. Standards for new management practice), “Kommuni­kation in der digitalen Trans­formation” (Communications in times of digital transformation), and he co-authored the book “Change-Kommunikation” (Change communications) with Egbert Deekeling and Susanne Arndt.

In times of fundamental change, it is key to develop visions that map out the way forward and show employees and other target groups how they can be part of the future.

/ Michael FuchsBIO Contact

/ Michael FuchsManaging Partner
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-123
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Michael Fuchs is a Managing Partner. He is in charge of the Design Studio and heads up the Change & Leadership division in collaboration with Susanne Arndt. He supports companies through change and realignment processes. He focuses in this regard on developing visions that are the central point of orientation in times of change. Michael also works with his clients to develop storylines, corporate values and brand content that serve to raise the profile of companies with their target groups. He supports and guides the implementation of this content in terms of good design and language.

Michael worked for six years as a freelance editor for Rheinische Post newspaper in Düsseldorf and was Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine. He studied media, politics and social sciences at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where he also worked for many years as a guest lecturer.

International transactions require internationally based support – the AMO network offers tailored solutions.

/ Volker HeckBIO Contact

/ Volker HeckSenior Partner
Düsseldorf/Frankfurt a. M.

T  +49 211 51332-160 +49 69 97098-550
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Volker Heck is a Senior Partner, responsible for the Capital Market Communications & Financial Relations division. His main focus is on capital market commu­nica­tions, managing regulatory and political topics and positioning of top management during phases of strategic realignment.

After graduating with a degree in economics, Volker spent more than 20 years working for energy companies and has broad-based experience of national and international lobbying. He focuses on the area of energy and the environment, having held various senior positions at the RWE energy group for many years.

People expect companies to provide answers to societal questions. Successful companies take a position and align their culture and their actions accordingly.

/ Birte Kattelmann-JagdtBIO Contact

/ Birte Kattelmann-JagdtManaging Director
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-107
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Birte Kattelmann-Jagdt is a Managing Director. She advises companies on complex change and modernisation processes as well as digital transformation. She focuses on strategy development and communication, creating corporate images and purpose statements as well as designing integration, identity, culture and value processes. This also includes implementing the above in terms of content and design.

Birte studied Romance languages & literature and business adminis­tration at the universities of Mannheim and Santiago de Chile. After completing a journalism internship, she worked for over ten years in the chemicals industry – holding positions such as Group press spokesperson for BASF. She has broad experience in internal and external communications as well as crisis communications. She also specialises in systemic organi­sational consulting.

Leadership in times of social distancing is not simply a case of taking established ways of doing things and applying them in a virtual space. It requires different skills and a clear-eyed grasp of the new constraints and oppor­tunities.

/ Stephan RammeltBIO Contact

/ Stephan RammeltManaging Director
Düsseldorf

T  +49 211 51332-133
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Stephan Rammelt is a Managing Director and team leader at the Change & Leadership/Digital Transformation division. A sociolo­gist by education, his consulting work focuses on digital trans­formation, strategy commu­nica­tions, restructuring and integration processes. His main areas of expertise include designing executive communications, planning and implementing measures to mobilise and involve employees as well as developing strategies for agile collaboration and leadership.

Stephan studied sociology and law in Heidelberg as well as public relations at the Bavarian Academy of Advertising and Marketing in Munich. Before joining DAA he worked at other commu­nications con­sul­tancies, covering a wide range of topics such as corporate communications, stakeholder management and crisis communications.