As a team, we overcome every obstacle.

All our employees bring years of operational experience. We understand the business and as one of the leading executive recruiters we successfully bring customers and applicants together every day.

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Teams of highly qualified and experienced consultancy experts support you at our five locations worldwide. Our employees are the foundation of our company and have ensured its consistent success throughout the years for Konen & Lorenzen.

The founder of Konen & Lorenzen

Manuel Konen

Founder/Executive Director

Manuel Konen, the founder of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, has been the company’s Managing Director since its formation in September 1997.


After successfully completing his apprenticeship in Restaurant Management, Manuel was attracted to the internationally renowned hotel chains Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental Hotels Group, where he focused on the departments Food & Beverage and Controlling. To deepen his management skills, he decided to study at the Hotel Management School in Heidelberg, where he successfully graduated in the the same year as Arne Lorenzen – this was the beginning of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants. It was in 1997 that they turned a business idea into reality, founding what is now one of the leading companies in the field of personel consulting for the hotel, catering and tourism industry. Less than 3 years later, in 1999, Manuel and Arne once again had a good nose for a business idea and founded the internet job board Hotelcareer. While Arne developed what is today Yourcareergroup, Manuel was mainly responsible for the development of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, making the company what it is today.


Fun Fact: Travelling, wine and culinary art


Motto: Live your dream!

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Manuel Konen

Founder/Executive Director

Arne Lorenzen

Founder/Executive Director

Arne Lorenzen is co-founder of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants and has been Managing Director of the company since its formation in September 1997.


Arne’s career started with an apprenticeship in Restaurant Management, after which he gained professional experience in Food & Beverage, Controlling and Rooms Division in 5-star hotels in Hamburg and London. When he decided to study Hotel Management in Heidelberg, he probably would not have anticipated that besides successfully completing his studies, he would also have a business idea and a business partner. Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants was launched in 1997 and quickly became one of the market leaders in the field of personnel recruitment and consulting for managers in the hotel sector. Thanks to the extensive knowledge of the market and experience in the field of personnel recruitment in the hotel, catering and tourism industry, they developed another brilliant business idea in 1998: Hotelcareer was launched in 1999. Arne continued to expand and develop the sister company and is proud that they are now one of the best and worldwide leading internet job boards for professionals. The current Yourcareergroup, to which HOTELCAREER belongs, was sold to Stepstone/Axel Springer at the end of 2013.


Fun fact: Enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, jogging, doing fitness training, cycling, cooking and travelling


Motto: Work had, play hard.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Arne Lorenzen

Founder/Executive Director

The Managing Directors of Konen & Lorenzen

Matthias Wirth

Managing Director

Matthias Wirth joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants at the turn of the millennium. In 2003, Manuel Konen and Arne Lorenzen appointed him as first additional Partner and Managing Director.


Following his apprenticeship in a Relais & Chateaux Hotel as a cook, Matthias was eager to gain additional experience in various other departments in the hotel business. He therefore continued on his career path first as Management Assistant at Steinberger Hotels & Resorts and afterwards as Human Resources Manager for Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. During his studies in Economy, Matthias developed his taste for crunching the numbers, which helped him tremendously in becoming the undisputed expert in taking care of all finance related issues. But Matthias is also a people-Person, who highly appreciates the daily exchange with clients and applicants. And if there is one thing he cares more about than business, it is the weekly results of his favorite football team, FC Bayern München.


Fun fact: Family, football and skiing


Motto: Never give up! Always keep moving forward!

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Matthias Wirth

Managing Director

Ulrich Wilhelm

Managing Director

Ulrich Wilhelm joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in 2004 and progressed into Managing Director and business partner in 2013.


Ulrich spearheaded the expansion of Konen & Lorenzen into Dubai and thereby venturing into the Middle Eastern market. Following his successful assignment in Dubai, he relocated to our Swiss office in 2009 and transferred to Düsseldorf, Germany with his family in 2013.


Prior to Ulrich’s professional journey with Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, he was an avid traveller exploring different parts of the world. After his apprenticeships in culinary and restaurant management, Ulrich joined hotels part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ group. Amongst others, he held various positions such as Food & Beverage Manager at the ‘The Orchards Hotel’ in Williamstown, MA, in the United States, and Director of Food & Beverage at the Kempinski Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Hospitality industry is his passion, and with Ulrich’s worldwide experience and extensive network, he is able to connect customers and applicants successfully. Even though Ulrich is no longer a globetrotter, he now enjoys travelling on holidays with his family.


Fun fact: Anything related to cuisine, good wine, good food and quality time with his family


Motto: Our heads are round, so that thoughts can change direction.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Ulrich Wilhelm

Managing Director

Hendrik Scharnke

Managing Director

Our specialist in Sales & Marketing, has been in the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants team since 2003. He became Partner in 2004 and Managing Director in 2013.


Hendrik has a great passion for travelling, and his favourite destination is the USA. Therefore, after finishing his apprenticeship in Hotel Management at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, he first went to Florida. Then, after graduating with an M.A. (Magister Artium) in Applied Culture Sciences, he went to California to gain work experience. Subsequently, he started his career as a Recruitment Consultant in a number of renowned companies in Ludwigsburg and Düsseldorf.  Afterwards he returned to his hometown Hamburg to set up our office and his team. As a proper citizen of Hamburg, he is also a loyal fan of the football team Hamburger SV.


Fun fact: Travelling, friends and family


Motto: Don’t underestimate people, who make a step backwards. They might be preparing a run-up.

Hendrik Scharnke

Managing Director

Administration

Julia Robertz

Human Resources Manager

Julia Robertz joined the Konen & Lorenzen team in March 2021.


As Human Resources Manager, Julia looks after all human resources matters for all employees of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants. Employment contracts, certificates, pay slips, vacation and all official correspondence with the authorities are in her responsibility. Prior to joining Konen & Lorenzen, Julia was employed as Human Resources Manager at Lindner Hotels AG, where she was able to consolidate her professional passion through further training and the qualification as a HR specialist.


Fun fact: family & friends, playing football


Motto: In the end, it is always our relationships with other people that make our lives worth living. (W. Freiherr von Humboldt)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Julia Robertz

Human Resources Manager

Patricia Ehlen

Head of Administration

Patricia Ehlen has been part of the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants team since August 2014.


As Head of Administration, she is not only busy with management projects, but is always willing to listen to colleagues, clients and job applicants. After successfully finishing her apprenticeship in Hotel Management, she went on to study International Business Economics. After graduating, she moved to Munich where she worked for Treugast Solutions Group and Marriott International. She left Munich with a heavy heart, but is now conquering Düsseldorf and breathing new life into the office.


Fun fact: Spending quality time with family & friends, travelling and going on weekend trips to The Netherlands


Motto: If “plan A” didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Patricia Ehlen

Head of Administration

Silvio Rajcsanyi

Accountant

Silvio Rajcsanyi is supporting our finance and administration team as accountant since April 2021.


After successfully completing his training in hotel management at the Lindner Congress Hotel and in the central financial accounting department of Lindner Hotels AG, Silvio joined as accounting clerk till October 2015. He progressed his career as payroll accounting for customers at Lohn-Ag followed by a two-year parental leave whilst further educating himself as a financial accountant. Silvio followed his passion for the gastronomy industry and joined the renown steak house chain ‘Maredo’ as financial accountant in 2018. In 2021, Silvio decided to continue his career and joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants.


Fun fact: spending time with the family and playing boardgames.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Silvio Rajcsanyi

Accountant

Merve Karabiber

Social Media Coordinator

Merve took on the role of Social Media Coordinator in February 2024 and is the creative mind in our team.


Her professional career began in January 2020 with the successful completion of her apprenticeship as a marketing communications specialist, followed by a bachelor’s degree in tourism, hotel and event management. Throughout her career, she gained extensive practical experience, working in traditional advertising and event agencies as well as in the luxury hotel industry. She now combines her knowledge and passion for marketing and the hotel industry in her position as Social Media Coordinator.


Fun Fact: I love reading the original Sherlock Holmes novels and am very interested in the latest and relevant topics such as Artificial Intelligence and New Work


Motto: “Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.” — Arthur Conan Doyle

Großneumarkt 20
20459 Hamburg
Germany
Merve Karabiber

Social Media Coordinator

Katarina Rastegorac

Trainee

Katarina Rastegorac is a trainee at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants since April 2024.


After completing her hotel management apprenticeship, she continued her career in the hotel industry and gained profound experience in the areas of the room coordination, reservations and event planning. During her professional career, Katarina has continuously supported the training and integration of new employees and worked to optimize internal hotel processes, in addition to her main tasks in the front and back office. Thanks to the experience she gained, her long-standing interest in HR and her preference for the hotel and tourism industry, she decided to do an apprenticeship program in HR management at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants.


Fun Fact: Nature, reading books, friends & family, doing sports


Motto: „The seasons come and go, reminding us that we too must learn to change and grow.” (Cailin Hargreaves)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Katarina Rastegorac

Trainee

Teams in Düsseldorf and Hamburg

We cover the increasing demand of the Central European markets with our locations in Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Therefore, to assure the most efficient and individual service and support for our clients and candidates, we have built teams that are specialised in their respective fields of expertise for these locations.

Vivien Stefansky

Senior Consultant
Head of Team Administration Central Europe

Vivien Stefansky joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in October 2011 and is responsible for Team Administration as Senior Consultant.


What Vivien likes most about her work is the opportunity to work with many different people, the exchange with clients and applicants, bringing both parties together, and supporting individuals in their next career steps. Her career began in London, where she worked in the Front Office department of several renowned hotels. Her last position was as Contract Manager for a London-based training company. Besides her full-time job in London, she also completed her Bachelor and Master in Hospitality Management, after which she started at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in Düsseldorf.


Fun fact: Spending quality time with her family, ideally while on a skiing trip


Motto: Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take a moment and make it perfect.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Vivien Stefansky

Senior Consultant
Head of Team Administration Central Europe

Sandra Graf

Senior Consultant
Assistant Head of Team Administration Europe

Sandra Graf started as Team Assistant at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in July 2014, and works now as Senior Consultant / Assistant Head of  Team Administration Europe.


Besides Sandra’s humour and her kind nature, she is also admired for her ambition and dedication. After her transition from Team Assistant to Consultant, she decided to study. Sandra swapped free time for study time, began with a course in Business Economics and Business Psychology and finished successfully as Bachelor of Science. She has always been determined to achieve her goals, and after her apprenticeship in Hotel Management, she decided to switch to Human Resources and worked for the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf. Her planned trip to the USA needs to wait, as she simply does not have time for it at the moment.


Fun fact: Spending quality time with family and friends, listening to music, going to concerts and travelling


Motto: Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Sandra Graf

Senior Consultant
Assistant Head of Team Administration Europe

Charlotte Schmitz

Senior Consultant

Charlotte Schmitz works in the Team Administration Europe as Senior Consultant since October 2018.


She started her career within the hotel industry with her dual studies of Tourism Economics in the context of an integrated degree program in cooperation with the Hotel National in Dusseldorf. Afterwards, she worked in the area reservation department in both Radisson Blu Hotels in Dusseldorf with 135 and 314 rooms and finally in the central sales office of Radisson Hotel Group based in Cologne. With all her experiences, she is the right contact person regarding your career planning in the sectors of Finance, IT, Maintenance, Spa and Human Resources.


Fun Fact: Sports, cooking and baking, activities with friends and family


Motto: Live for the moments you can’t put into words.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Charlotte Schmitz

Senior Consultant

Britta Schreiner

Junior Consultant

Britta Schreiner has been supporting the Team Administration Europe at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants since August 2021.


After a successful apprenticeship in hotel management at the Châteauform Schloss Krickenbeck Hotel in Nettetal, Britta spent a year abroad to gain valuable experience in Australia, Indonesia and Nepal. Back in Germany, she pursued a three-year full-time study in tourism, hotel and event management in Düsseldorf in 2018 and has now remained loyal to the beautiful city on the Lower Rhine with her employment at Konen & Lorenzen.


Fun Fact: Sports, traveling and activities with friends and family


Motto: Life is too important to be taken seriously. – Oscar Wilde

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Britta Schreiner

Junior Consultant

Laura Velásquez

Team Assistant

Laura Velásquez joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in May 2023 and supports the Team Administration Europe as Team Assistant.


Laura, who is originally from Colombia, after obtaining her degree in fashion design in her homeland, decided to embark on a new adventure in Germany, where she has successfully completed an apprenticeship in hotel management at the Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel where she was able to gain valuable knowledge related to the hotel industry. Her mother tongue is Spanish, she also speaks English, German and currently learning Norwegian.


Fun fact: Sewing, drawing, Salsa dancing, bike riding, baking and learning languages.


Motto: Start each day with a grateful heart. ♥

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Laura Velásquez

Team Assistant

Matthias Wirth

Managing Director

Matthias Wirth joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants at the turn of the millennium. In 2003, Manuel Konen and Arne Lorenzen appointed him as first additional Partner and Managing Director.


Following his apprenticeship in a Relais & Chateaux Hotel as a cook, Matthias was eager to gain additional experience in various other departments in the hotel business. He therefore continued on his career path first as Management Assistant at Steinberger Hotels & Resorts and afterwards as Human Resources Manager for Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. During his studies in Economy, Matthias developed his taste for crunching the numbers, which helped him tremendously in becoming the undisputed expert in taking care of all finance related issues. But Matthias is also a people-Person, who highly appreciates the daily exchange with clients and applicants. And if there is one thing he cares more about than business, it is the weekly results of his favorite football team, FC Bayern München.


Fun fact: Family, football and skiing


Motto: Never give up! Always keep moving forward!

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Matthias Wirth

Managing Director

Ulrich Wilhelm

Managing Director

Ulrich Wilhelm joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in 2004 and progressed into Managing Director and business partner in 2013.


Ulrich spearheaded the expansion of Konen & Lorenzen into Dubai and thereby venturing into the Middle Eastern market. Following his successful assignment in Dubai, he relocated to our Swiss office in 2009 and transferred to Düsseldorf, Germany with his family in 2013.


Prior to Ulrich’s professional journey with Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, he was an avid traveller exploring different parts of the world. After his apprenticeships in culinary and restaurant management, Ulrich joined hotels part of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ group. Amongst others, he held various positions such as Food & Beverage Manager at the ‘The Orchards Hotel’ in Williamstown, MA, in the United States, and Director of Food & Beverage at the Kempinski Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Hospitality industry is his passion, and with Ulrich’s worldwide experience and extensive network, he is able to connect customers and applicants successfully. Even though Ulrich is no longer a globetrotter, he now enjoys travelling on holidays with his family.


Fun fact: Anything related to cuisine, good wine, good food and quality time with his family


Motto: Our heads are round, so that thoughts can change direction.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Ulrich Wilhelm

Managing Director

Antje-Katrin Scheller

Senior Consultant

Antje-Katrin Scheller joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in 2006 and supports our Team Executive & Rooms Division Europe.


Antje-Katrin is a specialist when it comes to Rooms Division. Before she came to Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, she had already worked in the same field at the Four Seasons Hotels on Hawaii and The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg. She finished her studies in Business Administration with a diploma in Tourism & Marketing. Today Antje-Katrin focuses on helping others with their career, for which she uses her own experiences. She is not only a reliable contact person for her clients and applicants, but she is also appreciated by her colleagues for her honesty and commitment.


Fun fact: Spending time with her children, travelling with family and friends, sewing, going out for dinner, working in the garden, skiing


Motto: per aspera ad astra

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Antje-Katrin Scheller

Senior Consultant

Kirsten Jost

Senior Consultant

After completing her apprenticeship in hotel management Kirsten worked in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. She joined the Konen & Lorenzen family in August 2008 after visiting the hotel management school in Berlin. Since then she proofed her versatility and flexibility by fulfilling a variety of positions as Office Manager or Consultant for the teams Admin, Rooms and Executive. She is a passionate networker and likes to pair people, who otherwise possibly never met for successful cooperations.


Fun Fact: Family & Friends, travelling, culture and good food


Motto: Never catch to stop, never stop to begin. (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Kirsten Jost

Senior Consultant

Malu Lopez

Senior Consultant

Malu Lopez joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in July 2015 straight from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom with a Master of Science in Business and Management.


As Consultant, Malu supports our Team Executive & Rooms Division Europe. For clients, applicants and colleagues she is a competent and reliable contact person. In addition, she is fast, nimble and always “on the ball” – she puts all her energy into her job. After previous stays in Spain, Great Britain and the Netherlands, her next destinations will be Namibia and Tanzania. Fortunately for us, this will only be for her holidays, and on returning she will have lots of exciting stories to tell.


Fun fact: She loves rollercoasters.


Motto: Love it, leave it or change it.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Malu Lopez

Senior Consultant

Maresa von Eynern

Senior Consultant

Maresa von Eynern joined our Team Executive & Rooms Division Europe at Konen & Lorenzen as Consultant in November 2018.


After an apprenticeship in the hotel industry, Maresa completed a degree in business administration with a focus on Hospitality Management. She occupied various Sales & Marketing positions e.g. at Le Mériden Piccadilly London and worked her way up to Executive Assistant. She has been in charge of career fairs and various recruiting events at the YOURCAREERGROUP for over 8 years. When it comes to promoting our Hospitality industry to young graduates and managers, Maresa works hard and with enthusiasm to match companies with talents. She combines her good knowledge of the industry and her networking skills with charm and empathy.


Fun fact: My both sons, activities with family and friends, at last doing sports and seeing London again


Motto: Happiness is not about having little or no difficulties, it is about overcoming them victoriously and gloriously (Carl Hilty)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Maresa von Eynern

Senior Consultant

Vanessa Tönges

Consultant / Assistant to Managing Director

Vanessa Tönges joined the Konen & Lorenzen family in April 2019 to support our Team Executive & Rooms Division Europe as a Consultant / Assistant to Managing Director.


After graduating from high school, Vanessa moved to the other end of the world and lived in Australia for almost one year. She returned back to Germany to complete her apprenticeship in the hotel business at Lindner Hotels & Resorts, which sparked her passion for working with many different personalities in the hotel industry. After four years in various Sales positions with different Lindner Hotels, Vanessa left the company as Sales Manager and deputy head of department, to fulfill her lifelong dream, returning to Australia to improve her language skills. With fresh spirit and full of go, she is now back in Dusseldorf, supporting Konen & Lorenzen as a Consultant.


Fun Fact: Travelling (leaving the continent at least once a year), visiting restaurants, reading, amusement parks, sports, game nights


Motto: If you can dream it, you can do it. (Walt Disney)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Vanessa Tönges

Consultant / Assistant to Managing Director

Marco Willer

Consultant

Marco Willer joined the Konen & Lorenzen family in April 2024 and has been supporting our Executive & Rooms Division Europe team as a consultant since then.


Before Marco came to Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, he had already been a hotel tenant in Poland for 7 years, hotel director for the “Privathotels Dr. Lohbeck” in Austria and as resident manager for the “Halbersbacher Hospitality Group” in the franchise model for Dorint. With his positive nature and open-minded nature, Marco and his dog Lex quickly integrated into the team. Today, Marco is particularly happy when he supports other careers through his own experiences. With new goals in life, Marco decided to work for us as a consultant in spring 2024.


Fun Fact: A dog’s nose is as unique as a humans fingerprint


Motto: Come. Sit and stay

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Marco Willer

Consultant

Maximiliane Wojdynski

Talent Scout

Maximiliane Wojdynski supports Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in Düsseldorf as a Talent Scout since October 2021.


She started her career with graduating in tourism management. During her studies she was able to gain practical experience in front office at A&O Hostel and Düsseldorf Airport. After successfully completing her bachelor’s degree in 2020, Maximiliane studied economics at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in 2021 in preparation for her master’s degree. Luckily for Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants Maximiliane decided to put her masters on hold to gain practical working experience and joined us as Team Assistant.


Fun Fact: travel, good food, family and friends, enjoying the nature


Motto: If plan A didn`t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Maximiliane Wojdynski

Talent Scout

Annabel Hegemann

Executive Assistant

Annabel has been part of the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants team since April 2023.


After her apprenticeship, Annabel first worked in the service area before she moved to the reception. Her last station before Konen & Lorenzen was at 25hours Das Tour in Düsseldorf as Junior Groups Reservations Manager. So that she doesn’t turn her back on the hotel industry completely, she decided to take on the position of assistant to the management, so that she can continue to get a taste of hotel air from time to time.


Fun Fact: Travel, family, friends, baking and cooking


Motto: “It’s possible, if you believe.” The Mad Hatter, from Alice in Wonderland

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Annabel Hegemann

Executive Assistant

Margaux Hansen

Executive Assistant

Margaux Hansen has been supporting Konen & Lorenzen Recruiting Consultants in Düsseldorf as an executive assistant since August 2023. After graduating from school, Margaux worked for a trade fair agency for six months, where she worked at a wide variety of trade fairs in Germany and gained various impressions. Afterwards she started her apprenticeship at the Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf. After completing her apprenticeship, she moved to the Front Office of the Breidenbacher Hof for one year. Margaux was looking for a change, but didn’t want to turn her back on the hotel business, so she decided to join us in the summer of 2023 as an executive assistant.


Fun Fact: Motorcycling, snowboarding, spending time with friends & family


Motto: „Don’t take what you can get. Fight for what you want.”

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Margaux Hansen

Executive Assistant

Hendrik Scharnke

Managing Director

Our specialist in Sales & Marketing, has been in the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants team since 2003. He became Partner in 2004 and Managing Director in 2013.


Hendrik has a great passion for travelling, and his favourite destination is the USA. Therefore, after finishing his apprenticeship in Hotel Management at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, he first went to Florida. Then, after graduating with an M.A. (Magister Artium) in Applied Culture Sciences, he went to California to gain work experience. Subsequently, he started his career as a Recruitment Consultant in a number of renowned companies in Ludwigsburg and Düsseldorf.  Afterwards he returned to his hometown Hamburg to set up our office and his team. As a proper citizen of Hamburg, he is also a loyal fan of the football team Hamburger SV.


Fun fact: Travelling, friends and family


Motto: Don’t underestimate people, who make a step backwards. They might be preparing a run-up.

Hendrik Scharnke

Managing Director

Norman Bloemberg

Senior Consultant
Head of Team Commercial Europe & Office Management

Norman Bloemberg joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in Hamburg as Senior Consultant for our Team Commercial Europe in June 2008 and is Head of department since December 2016.


Norman is a likeable maverick and therefore our allround trouble-shooter in the Hamburg office. In addition to his daily search for the missing puzzle piece for his clients, he is a sought-after contact person for any issues concerning IT, as well as for any concerns, wishes and enquiries of any kind. His many years of experience help him to advise our applicants on their careers. After finishing his studies in Hotel Management, he worked for several hotels of the Marriott International Hotel Group in the area of Sales & Marketing, and recently as Director of Sales in Berlin.


Fun fact: Family and his motorbike


Motto: Be yourself!

Norman Bloemberg

Senior Consultant
Head of Team Commercial Europe & Office Management

Sabine Ahlbrecht

Senior Consultant

Sabine Ahlbrecht supports Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants as Senior Consultant of our Team Commercial Europe in Hamburg. She joined the company in July 2003.


Sabine is one of the longest-standing employees at Konen & Lorenzen, and was significantly involved in the setting up of our office in Hamburg. For many years, she has brought clients and applicants together, and she still enjoys getting to know new people and being able to give them career advice based on her own experience. Prior to starting at Konen & Lorenzen, she had already been active in the area of recruitment and marketing. She gained her expertise through years of experience in the hotel business and her studies of Cultural Science with a major in Business Economics, Tourism & Marketing.


Fun fact: Having a relaxing time with family and friends.


Motto: Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. (Albert Einstein)

Sabine Ahlbrecht

Senior Consultant

Henrik Lange

Senior Consultant

Henrik Lange supports our Team Commercial since August 2015.


Quite soon, it became obvious to all colleagues that he is a charming, open and hearty man from the North of Germany. A “bad mood” is something unknown to him. All these qualities made it possible for him to gain a firm foothold in Sales. On finishing his apprenticeship at Hotel Louis C. Jacob in Hamburg, and after an internship at Park Hyatt Washington D.C., he went to Zürich where he was responsible for the Event and Sales department of Park Hyatt Zürich. But his hometown Hamburg was calling, which is why he moved back there and strengthened the Cluster Sales Team of both Marriott International Hotels before he started at Konen & Lorenzen. He shares his passion for Hamburg and the football team Hamburger SV with some colleagues, but the title of the most passionate sports fanatic is his alone.


Fun fact: Football, family and travelling


Motto: Never judge a book by its cover.

Großneumarkt 20
20459 Hamburg
Germany
Henrik Lange

Senior Consultant

Wilfried Stübchen

Senior Consultant

Wilfried Stübchen started with Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in October 2013 as Senior Consultant for our Team Dubai and supports now our Team Commercial Europe.


Prior joining Konen & Lorenzen, Wilfried was with Jumeirah Group for many years in Global Sales and on property based in Germany and the UAE. His association to the diversified Middle Eastern culture and multi-national community kindled his enthusiasm to work for our office in Dubai. Wilfried has in-depth expertise in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Revenue/Distribution and Rooms Division, and is in the possession of an extensive network of partners, which today are of great benefit to his applicants and clients.


Fun fact: Tennis and football


Motto: If you don’t try, you will never fly.

Wilfried Stübchen

Senior Consultant

Britta Kirsch

Consultant

Britta Kirsch joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in March 2022 and supports our Team Commercial as a Consultant.


Britta, who is a native of Northern Germany, has joined the Hamburg team and her open-mindedness and positive attitude enabled her to quickly integrate. She knew from an early age that she belonged in the hotel industry because of her cheerful character and lifelong wanderlust.


For her training as a hotel clerk, Britta decided to join the privately run 5* Sport- und Kurhotel “Sonnenalp” in the Oberallgäu, Germany. After a year as a receptionist at the 5* Hotel Grande Roche in Paarl/South Africa, her path led her back to the mountains to Kleinwalsertal/Austria. The opening of the “Travel Charme Ifen Hotel” was one of her most exciting and biggest professional challenges. Afterwards, Britta slowly headed north again with an almost 10-year stop in Frankfurt, where she worked as Front Office Manager at the Villa Kennedy, among other positions. With her assignment at Konen & Lorenzen, Britta has arrived in Hamburg with her family and is happy to breathe the Nordic air again.


Fun Fact: Family, Sports, travelling and reading


Motto: Don‘t dream your life, but live your dreams.


Großneumarkt 20
20459 Hamburg
Germany
Britta Kirsch

Consultant

Lena Howe

Junior Consultant

Lena Howe joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in August 2023 and supports our commercial team as a Junior Consultant. With Lena, the Hamburg team has gained another northern light. She has quickly integrated into the team with her positive attitude and always good mood. Through her enthusiasm for traveling, Lena discovered her passion for the hospitality industry. It quickly became clear that she wanted to get an insight into the hospitality industry in a small lodge in Cape Town/South Africa before she decided to do a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management in Leeuwarden/The Netherlands. After that, she moved back to her hometown of Hamburg/Germany, where she worked in the human resources department at The Westin Hamburg for a couple of years before joining Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants.


Fun Fact: Friends, SUP, travelling


Motto: Take one step at a time and you will find your way.

Großneumarkt 20
20459 Hamburg
Germany
Lena Howe

Junior Consultant

Jens Körner

Senior Consultant
Head of Team F&B Central Europe

Jens Körner joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in spring 2015 after years of working in China, and has since then been supporting our Team F&B.


If you ask Jens which countries he likes the most, it is not without reason that he mainly names Asian countries. For almost 8 years, Jens lived in Shanghai, where he gained a lot of experience in the fields of Food & Beverage, Event Management and Catering at an Asian gastronomy company to which, among others, the Paulaner Bräuhaus Shanghai and KÄFER by The Binjiang One belong. You would think that even though he spent so many years in a world metropolis, moving to Düsseldorf would be enough of a contrast. But not for Jens. He could not wait to leave this busy city life behind and he found a house for himself and his family in the rural Lower Rhine region.


Fun fact: Spending quality time with his family and travelling to unspoilt places


Motto: Aphorisms cause reactions – sometimes it is just the shaking of heads.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Jens Körner

Senior Consultant
Head of Team F&B Central Europe

Katharina Siegmann

Senior Consultant

Katharina is working for the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants as Consultant part of our Team F&B. In 2007 she successfully completed her training in hotel management at the Lindner Congress Hotel in Düsseldorf and hereafter held positions such as barkeeper in Switzerland, F&B Trainee in Marburg, Restaurant Manager and F&B Assistant in Neuss. For three years she gained valuable experience as Human Resources officer for a warehouse logistics company in Mönchengladbach before returning back to her roots in November 2021 by joining Konen & Lorenzen.


Fun Fact:  There is a punshing ball in the Yoga room.


Motto: Breathe in. Breathe out.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Katharina Siegmann

Senior Consultant

Lena Scieszka

Consultant

Lena Scieszka joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in August 2021 and supports the F&B team as a Consultant. She started her hospitality career in 2012 by joining the TRYP Dortmund Hotel as work and study program student.
After successfully completing her Bachelor in Business Administration in hotel and tourism management, she relocated from the Ruhr area to Rhineland. Prior to joining Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants Lena was working as reservation and guest service agent at the Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel.


Fun fact: good food, soccer, traveling


Motto: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. (Henry Ford)

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Lena Scieszka

Consultant

Saskia Alker

Junior Consultant

Saskia Alker has been supporting the F&B team as a Junior Consultant at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants since October 2023.


Saskia started her career in the hotel industry in 2010 with an internship at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real on the island of Fuerteventura. Back home, she successfully completed her training in hotel management at the Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf in 2014. Until 2019, she worked her way up to restaurant management in various restaurants in the beautiful Rhineland, had a stopover as an F&B assistant and rounded off her catering career in Düsseldorf in the staff area in event cateringgastronomy. For almost two years, Saskia gained experience in the office management of an industrial company in Neuss, until she returned to her catering roots in May 2022.


Fun Fact: Climb to the top and enjoy the view with good food and wine – or Düsseldorfer Altbier


Motto: We are not alone in the dark, our path will unfold as we move. – Paulo Coelho

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Saskia Alker

Junior Consultant

Victoria Liedl

Talent Scout

As the child of gastronomic family, Victoria was born with a passion for gastronomy. It quickly became clear to her that after graduating from high school, her path should also lead to where many careers in gastronomy begin: She successfully completed her three-year apprenticeship as hotel specialist with an additional qualification in hotel management at the Hotel Traube Tonbach and then joined the service brigade of the excellent restaurant Schwarzwaldstube. From there, she moved abroad, where she first gained valuable experience at the reception of an internationally renowned castle hotel in Ireland and was able to deepen her practical knowledge of the English language. Then she brought her expertise to a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant in Antwerp and enjoyed the multilingual culture of Belgium.


With her broad wealth of experience in top gastronomy, Victoria offers valuable added value to the consultancy at Konen & Lorenzen, where she has been supporting the F&B Europe team since June 2022.

Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf
Germany
Victoria Liedl

Talent Scout

Teams in Switzerland, Austria und Asia

Our international teams are in charge of our clients and applicants in their local markets and your professional contact person for the hotel, catering, tourism and all related industries.

David Kurzböck

Managing Director Austria

David Kurzböck has been responsible for our Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants office in Austria since July 2018.


After graduating with a Master degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the University MODUL, David followed his great passion and started working in the catering and event industry. During this time, he was not only able to gain first international experience, but also started to build his strong network. The next step in his career took David to the hotel sector at „Austria Trend“, where he continued to develop Austria’s largest Meeting & Event Hotels as Director of Marketing & Sales, prior to following the call back into the culinary world. David joined GMS Gourmet as Sales Director, managing 65 outlets throughout Austria before successfully developing and implementing a new business model for the company in recent years.  With his huge network, the specific market knowledge and the high level of personnel affinity within the industry, David supports both – his clients and applicants with his great expertise and international experience.


Fun Fact: Quality time with family, music, cooking, amateur butcher, sport, motorcycling


Motto: „Don´t try to live with problems, it´s easier to solve them!“ (Einstein)

Rudolfsplatz 12/10A
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
David Kurzböck

Managing Director Austria

Sonja Holzhauer

Senior Consultant

Sonja Holzhauer assists our Team Austria. She started at Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in August 2016.


Following her apprenticeship in Hotel Management she started her career within the field of Rooms Division and worked for several hotels in Europe e.g. the Westin Grand Hotel Berlin and Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel. Before finally joining Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, she had been responsible for the Adagio Vienna City hotel as General Manager. Sonja lived with her family in Vienna for more than six years and during this time, she gained valuable experience and intensive market knowledge. She is now looking forward to assisting our applicants and customers in Austria as a valuable contact person.


Fun Fact: Spending time with her family, enjoying the nature


Motto: Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day in your life. (Mark Twain)

Rudolfsplatz 12/10A
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
Sonja Holzhauer

Senior Consultant

Nina Schäffler

Consultant

Nina Schäffler has been part of the team at Konen & Lorenzen Consultants Recruitment Consultants for the Rooms Division and Executive since May 2023.


After completing the two-year college at the tourism school Modul in Vienna, she completed a bachelor’s degree in tourism management. Nina started her career in Front Office at Melia Hotels International in 2015. In 2021 she supported an opening of the Radisson Hotel Group as Rooms Division Manager. Most recently, she acted as Executive Assistant Manager at Marriott International and was able to contribute her experience in all departments. Nina enriches Team Austria with her commitment and the network she has been able to build up over the past few years.


Fun Fact: Spending time with family and friends, travelling


Motto: Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end. Oscar Wilde

Rudolfsplatz 12/10A
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
Nina Schäffler

Consultant

Gloria Wukoschitz

Talent Scout / Team Assistant

Gloria Wukoschitz has been supporting our Team in Vienna since April 2022 as talent scout / team assistant. Gloria’s passion for the tourism sector has already started in childhood days while spending time in her family’s seasonal restaurant business. She decided to attend a secondary school for tourism where her keen interest in the industry was confirmed. During her internships of several months in internationally renowned hotels, like the Hilton Vienna Park and Grand Hotel Vienna, she got valuable insights into the different processes and tasks of various departures and also gained international experience in a well-known restaurant located in the center of London. Above all, she enjoys the diversity of the tourism industry as well as working with individual personalities at national and international level. With fresh spirit and a lot of good humor she now actively supports the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants as talent scout /  team assistant.


Hobbies: traveling, creating and listening to music, learning languages, spending time with family and friends


Motto: “Happiness is the only thing which multiplies when you share it“ – Albert Schweitzer

Rudolfsplatz 12/10A
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
Gloria Wukoschitz

Talent Scout / Team Assistant

Marianne Savet

Team Assistant

Marianne Savet joined the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in Vienna as Team Assistant in March 2024.


During her studies in architecture, she worked in the events industry, gaining her initial insights into hospitality and gastronomy. Her interest in the field was sparked, leading her to decide to embark on a career in hospitality. She began as a receptionist at a small family-run hotel. Over the years, she gained experience at the Front Office and progressed to the role of Assistant Front Office Manager.


Fun Fact: going to concerts, visiting the cinema, baking, family & friends


Motto: without struggle there is no progress

Rudolfsplatz 12/10A
A-1010 Vienna
Austria
Marianne Savet

Team Assistant

Christoph Boll

Managing Director Switzerland

Christoph Boll has been responsible for our Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants office in Switzerland since March 2016.


Having grown up in a family with a hospitality and catering background, it was only natural that Christoph choose to pursue his own career within the industry. After completing his apprenticeship as a chef, Christoph then gained extensive operational experience within some of the finest hotels and Michelin Star rated restaurants in Switzerland, Germany, UK and Monaco. These included prestigious addresses such as Mosimann’s and Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park in London, Restaurant Tantris in Munich and the Grandhotel Victoria-Jungfrau in Interlaken. Following this he completed his studies as “Eidg. diplomierter Hotelier (CH)” at hotel management school in Zurich. During this time he continued to gain further practical experience, working at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, and subsequently completed further training as “HR Fachmann mit eidg. Fachausweis (CH)” successfully. Christoph’s clients and applicants profit every day from his years of experience and his global network of contacts, which has been growing continuously since the beginning of his career.


Fun Fact: Sports, reading journals, listen to music.


Motto: Keep it simple.

Oberneuhofstrasse 6
6340 Baar
Switzerland
Christoph Boll

Managing Director Switzerland

Nora Bischof

Senior Consultant

Nora Bischof joined our Konen & Lorenzen Office in Switzerland in October 2017 as Recruiter/Team Assistant and is now supporting as Senior Consultant.


The moment Nora passed her commercial education, she noticed that she missed something in her daily business: The contact to other people.
Thus Nora started as receptionist at the Seehotel Pilatus where she got a promotion to Assistant Front Office Manager later on. Additionally, Nora completed her professional bachelor in tourism management in 2016 and to expand her knowledge in the field of Human Resources she absolved the education to become a HR specialist with federal certificate in autumn 2022.


Fun Fact: She likes sports, travelling, skiing and spending time with her loved ones.


Motto: If you want it, you will find a way. If not, you will find a reason.

Oberneuhofstrasse 6
6340 Baar
Switzerland
Nora Bischof

Senior Consultant

Janina Zimmermann

Junior Consultant

Janina Zimmermann has joined Konen & Lorenzen’s Swiss office as our new Junior Consultant effective June 2022.


Following her successful conclusion of her hotel apprenticeship in Stuttgart, Janina was able to acquire valuable experience in different food and beverage departments within the Hospitality industry and gained valuable skills in various F&B positions. From the beginning, she was inspired by the variety of responsibilities and contact with colleagues and guests alike. In 2016, Janina started her Bachelor of Arts in Hotel-and Restaurant Management at Heilbronn University and successfully completed her studies in March 2020. Her time spent as an undergraduate also included a semester abroad in Kuala Lumpur where she gained numerous new experiences. After graduation, Janina joined the Food & Beverage Management team of the Park Hotel Vitznau at Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Janina was motivated to join the Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants team by the opportunity to combine her practical and theoretical knowledge.


Fun Fact: Photography, enjoying culinary delights, long walks with her dog


Motto: You can’t change the wind, but you can set the sails differently.

Oberneuhofstrasse 6
6340 Baar
Switzerland
Janina Zimmermann

Junior Consultant

Samira Bearth

Team Assistant

Samira Bearth has joined Konen & Lorenzen’s office in Switzerland as our new Team Assistant since January 2024.


She successfully completed her training as a hotel communications specialist in summer 2021. Thanks to the 360-degree training programme, she was given the opportunity to learn and acquire the basic knowledge and work processes in the different departments of the hotel business. After completing her apprenticeship, she worked as a receptionist during the summer and winter seasons before moving to Austria for almost 2 years. In Graz, Samira was able to prove and improve her skills as a receptionist at the boutique hotel Aiola Living. Despite her fascination for the Austrian charm, Samira moved back home to be close to her family in December 2023. During her search for an entry position in the HR, she came across her current dear colleague Janina Zimmermann and is now actively involved in the Swiss team of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants as a Team Assistant. Samira will also be attending further education to become an HR assistant from February 2024.


Motto: “Only those who know their destination can find their way there.”


Fun Fact: Enjoying my free time with friends and family, being outdoors discovering new things.

Oberneuhofstrasse 6
6340 Baar
Switzerland
Samira Bearth

Team Assistant

Sue Gan

Director – North Asia, Greater China & Indian Ocean

Sue Gan joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultant in 2022 based in Singapore.


Prior to joining the recruitment world, Sue had a colourful and energizing sales & marketing career in the hospitality industry across Asia. Never shying away from adventure, she explored outside of Singapore and took a big step leaving her comfort zone to accelerate her career in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali.


As a global citizen, Sue brings a wealth of local knowledge, professional experience, and valuable contacts across geographies and markets. She sees great potential in her colleagues and has had guided many colleagues in developing their career in the right direction. As a Director for North Asia,
Sue will focus on senior level searches for Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and the Indian Ocean.


In her new role, Sue provides the best support to clients and candidates to help ensure a right match.


Fun Fact: She enjoys exploring new places, new restaurants and bars


Motto: Never a dull moment!

Sue Gan

Director – North Asia, Greater China & Indian Ocean

Jacqueline Pensyl

Director – Southeast Asia

Jacqueline Pensyl joined Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants in June 2022 overseeing the Southeast Asia region.


As the Director- Southeast Asia, she specialises in senior-level searches for clients in the area of Sales & Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Food & Beverage and Rooms Division. Jacqueline is passionate in finding diamonds in the rough and strives for precision to provide best fit candidates to her clients.


Jacqueline started her hospitality career with Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She also worked for Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and at the National Sales Office of Shangri-La’s Hotels and Resorts, Malaysia. Her portfolio also includes senior attachments with Holiday Inn Resort Penang, Melia Kuala Lumpur, most recently with Ibis Styles Kuala Lumpur Cheras, Silka Cheras Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels the Vistana (now known as AC Hotels) for Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa and Penang Bukit Jambul and Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur.


Her major work career spanned over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry with significant focus on Sales and Marketing and a two year stint in Hotel operations. She also ventured into setting up her own Event Management company which ran for 8 years before returning to the Hotel Industry. Her overall strengths and passion for building relationships have proven essential in the success of her various career undertakings. She brings with her a wealth of experience and sound understanding of the hospitality industry with a passion to help others succeed in their careers.


Fun Fact : A quick de-stressing moment would be hanging out with my over 100 houseplants. When stressed, I need beach holidays and wine!


Motto : Time is Money

Jacqueline Pensyl

Director – Southeast Asia

Sharala Nadarajah

Business Administration Manager – Asia

Sharala Nadarajah started at our Kuala Lumpur office as Administrative Assistant in October 2013 and works today as Consultant.


Prior to joining us and with a lifelong passion to serve people, she was a flight attendant at a well renowned airline in Malaysia. In 2006, Sharala graduated from the University of Malaysia with a BA of Arts in Media Studies (PR). Sharala is the heart of the office and she ensures administrative efficiency, consultant’s support as well as external communication with clients and candidates. Sharala is a dedicated, reliable and detailed oriented person. She has a wonderful disposition and treats everybody with utmost respect.


Fun Fact: She loves Indian classical dance and reading story books.


Motto: Live life to its fullest.

Sharala Nadarajah

Business Administration Manager – Asia

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