Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Journalist, reserve officer and former Kiel government spokesperson Knut Peters (62) has taken over as Head of Corporate Communications at the defence technology manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) in Munich. He reports directly to the Chairman of KMW’s Management Board, Ralf Ketzel, and succeeds Dr. Kurt Braatz, who has moved to KMW’s parent company KNDS in Amsterdam.
Peters was most recently communication advisor to the commander of NATO headquarters in Brunssum, the Netherlands, and before that NATO’s military spokesperson in Afghanistan. His journalistic career began at the “Kieler Nachrichten” daily newspaper. He was then an editor at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), head of news at Radio Schleswig-Holstein (R.SH) and editor-in-chief of the Berlin radio news station HUNDERT,6. From 2009 to 2012, he was spokesperson for the Schleswig-Holstein state government. He then worked as a consultant for the Berlin communication agency altcramer.
“With Knut Peters, we have gained a communication professional who is excellently networked in business, politics, the media and the military both within Germany and abroad. He will further optimise our communication work, ensure constructive dialogue and thus strengthen our position within the new security policy environment," says KMW CEO Ralf Ketzel.
KNDS (KMW+NEXTER Defense Systems) is the result of the association of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, two of the leading European manufacturers of military land systems based in Germany and France.
KNDS forms a Group of around 9,000 employees, with a 2022 turnover of 3.2 billion euro, an order backlog of around 11 billion euro and incoming orders of 3.4 billion euro. The range of its products includes main battle tanks, armored vehicles, artillery systems, weapons systems, ammunition, military bridges, customer services, battle management systems, training solutions, protection solutions and a wide range of equipment.
The formation of KNDS represents the beginning of consolidation in land defense systems industry in Europe. The strategic alliance between KMW and Nexter enhances both groups’ competitiveness and international positions, as well as their ability to meet the needs of their respective national army. In addition, it offers to its European and NATO customers the opportunity of increased standardization and interoperability for their defense equipment, with a dependable industrial base.
KNDS headquarters are based in Amsterdam.