MUNICH: Siemens has appointed Michael Inacker communications chief and Stephan Heimbach head of government and corporate affairs as the company reorganizes its corporate communications and government affairs functions.
Heimbach, who now leads corporate communications and government affairs for Siemens, will oversee a separate government and corporate affairs unit. Inacker will become head of corporate communications and corporate branding at the company by October 1. Both will hold the title of corporate VP and report to Siemens president and CEO Peter Löscher.
Siemens' communications function in the US will not be affected, a spokesperson said.
Inacker is currently assistant editor-in-chief and head of the Berlin office of German newspaper Handelsblatt. He previously worked as a journalist at German weekly Welt am Sonntag, was co-founder and capital city head of newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, and served as head of the CEO's planning staff and of government and external affairs at Daimler AG. He also managed corporate communications and government affairs at German retail company Metro for three years.
Heimbach, who joined Siemens in 1992, will be charged with repositioning the company among political organizations and governments at the national and international levels. He will also work to expand its cooperation with industry associations in Germany, Europe, and internationally, the company said in a statement.
“With our new structures in the fields of communications and government affairs, we'll also be even better positioned for dialogue with the media, the general public, governments, and society,” Löscher said in a statement.
Heimbach confirmed that he and Inacker will serve in the global roles but did not comment further.
While Siemens is dividing its communications and government affairs groups, a number of other major corporations have merged their comms and marketing units in recent months. Cigna, Visa, and SAP are among the companies that have brought together communications and marketing teams this year.
This story was updated on June 28 to clarify that Siemens' US communications staff would not be affected by the changes.