Knut Peters heads KMW Corporate Communications


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.

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Knut Peters

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Krauss-Maffei-Str. 11
D-80997 München

Tel.:  +49 89 8140-4521
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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a company belonging to the Franco-German defence technology group KNDS, is the market leader in Europe for heavily armoured wheel and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, Mexico, Singapore and the USA, more than 4,000 employees develop, manufacture and support a comprehensive product portfolio. This ranges from air-transportable and heavily armoured wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) to reconnaissance air defence and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, remote controlled howitzer 155, self-propelled howitzer 2000, DONAR* and AGM) to main battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), armoured infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridge-laying systems. It also includes command and information systems as well as remote-controlled gun mounts with reconnaissance and observation equipment. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG also has extensive system expertise in the areas of civilian and military simulation. The armed forces of more than 50 countries around the world rely on KMW deployment systems.

* Joint projects with national and international partners Unless otherwise indicated, all products are registered trademarks of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG