MUNICH— Stephan Heimbach has been appointed head of corporate communications at Siemens, replacing Janos Gönczöl, who will leave the company at his own request at the end of May 31. Gönczöl has held the title since 2005, directing the company’s worldwide communications activities.
“Shaping the communications activities in turbulent times marked by rumors and speculations hasn’t always been easy,” he says, referring to a bribery scandal in which the company has been embroiled. “I hope this step will put communications activities back on a calmer course.” Klaus Kleinfeld, president and CEO of Siemens AG, praised Gönczöl for his “outstanding commitment in an extremely difficult phase at the company. In these times, communications have to meet enormous challenges.”
Since 1992, Heimbach has held a variety of positions at Siemens. Most recently, he headed the company’s corporate messages and corporate affairs department.