Core team



Claudius König


Claudius founded CloserLondon in 2003. He believed in reinventing and reinvigorating brands by assembling the talent to take on any challenge and produce outstanding results. Claudius sadly passed away in 2018, but we remain true to his philosophy. (See credentials in ‘Work’).



Anja Hartmann

Account Direction

Anja has over 25 years of brand and communications experience, having developed, managed and delivered complex global brand and engagement programmes with a focus on mergers and conglomerates. She is also an international brand naming specialist. Besides English, Anja speaks German and Spanish.



Frank Schröder

Corporate Design

Frank is a senior creative and long-term partner of Closer. He has 30 years of design experience at major agencies like Pentagram and Wolff Olins and he approaches every job with an eye for creative stand-out and meticulous attention to detail.



James von Leyden

Strategy and Creative

James has worked for 30 years as a copywriter and brand consultant. He combines strategic thinking with the creative expression needed to change the minds of an audience. He speaks English, French and Italian.



Kirstin König

Sounding Board

Kirstin started her career as an advertising account director on global brands at Lintas and Ted Bates. She has held positions in international real estate and in the art world and worked as an adviser to Dame Drue Heinz, philanthropist and patron of the arts. She has taken over the company founded by her late husband and runs it according to his principles and ethos, supported by the team who have worked with him for the past 15 years. Kirstin speaks English, French and German.