DUSSELDORF: A row has broken out in Germany’s PR community between
the country’s largest agency, Kohtes Klewes, and its co-founder Joachim
Klewes, who no longer has any association with KK, is taking his former
agency to court in a bid to prohibit use of the word Klewes in the
company name. KK’s current chief executive Gregor Schonborn said that he
could ’not understand’ the behaviour of Klewes.
On the departure of the founder in 1996, an agreement was reached,
according to which the agency could continue to use its name at the
time, ’Kohtes and Klewes’.
After the agency announced its intention to get rid of the ’and’, Klewes
lodged a protest. Neither of the parties is willing to make an official
statement on what has been said.
Klewes, who is to meet his former colleagues once again in August in
front of the Dusseldorf county court, plans to found a consultancy with
KK staff Alexander Guttler and Uwe Kuna.
KK was ranked at number one in last year’s European league rankings.