Closer team



Claudius König


Claudius founded CloserLondon in 2003. He believed in reinventing and reinvigorating brands: 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 many complex, global brand and engagement programmes around the world with a focus on mergers and conglomerates. 

She is also an international brand naming specialist and has led many significant naming projects. Anja speaks German, English 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. He approaches every job with an eye for creative stand-out and meticulous attention to detail.



James von Leyden

Strategy and Creative

James’ background is in advertising, having worked as an award-winning copywriter fro 35 years. In 2002, he launched a parallel career as a brand strategist. He combines the thinking required to create a compelling proposition with the creativity to translate it into powerful creative work. He speaks French and Italian and has wide experience of the MENA region.


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Kirstin König

Sounding Board

Kirstin started her career in advertising as an account executive on global brands. She has held positions in international real estate and in the arts, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She acted as PA to the late Dame Drue Heinz, philanthropist and patron of the literary arts, organising the Hawhornden Literary Retreat and administering Drue’s endowments to the Met Museum of Art, the American Academy in Rome and the international Council of the Museum of Modern Art. Kirstin speaks fluent French and German.