Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants

20 Years of Recruitment Excellence for the Hospitality Industry

The executive search and recruitment agency Konen & Lorenzen is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1997 by Arne Lorenzen and Manuel Konen, the company has developed from a small start-up to one of the largest recruitment agencies for the hotel, catering and tourism industry worldwide. Peak of the celebrations was a huge party, held in the company’s home country Germany.

Dusseldorf, October 2017 – What started as a „2-man-show“ 20 years ago in Dusseldorf/Germany is today an internationally operating corporation with 45 fulltime employees and five offices in four countries. Since two decades, Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants is placing Senior Managers in the hospitality industry and has become the market leader in Central Europe. Since its international expansion with the opening of the office in Dubai in 2004, the company has managed to establish itself among the leading recruitment agencies in the MEA region and in Asia. Many global and regional hotel companies are among the clients of Konen & Lorenzen, as well as individually owned and operated hotels and companies in the Restaurant and Catering industry.

„Back in 1997 we jumped in at the deep end and launched Konen & Lorenzen without any external investors”, remember the two founders Arne Lorenzen and Manuel Konen the early days. They first met at Hotel School in Heidelberg and worked together at renowned hotels, when deciding to go for a joined entrepreneurship in their mid-20s. “Our goal was to establish a new format of a professional recruitment agency for senior management on the German market. From the beginning operational experience within the industry, a high level of expertise and extensive, individual consultancy have been playing the key role in our business model”. The concept worked out well and was the beginning of a true success story. In 1999, the first digital online job board for the hotel industry,, was established, setting new recruiting standards for the trade. 2004 saw the expansion of the board of directors and the opening of two new offices in Hamburg /Germany and in Dubai /UAE. Two years later, Konen & Lorenzen entered the Asian market with the opening of its office in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a further expansion of the market presence in Europe in Zurich/Switzerland in 2009.

„Since its formation, Konen & Lorenzen has been innovative and future-oriented. Continuous investments in the latest technologies, the steady expansion of our network and our sustained efforts in fostering personal contacts are our tools to gear our organization up for the ever-changing market conditions”, explains Ulrich Wilhelm, together with Hendrik Scharnke and Matthias Wirth Managing Director, the formula for success.

The efforts of Konen & Lorenzen are not only being honored by the numerous satisfied clients and successfully placed senior managers and executives. The company has also won numerous awards for its service excellence, including the prestigious “TOP-Executive Search Company”-Award of the reputable Business Magazine “Focus”.

Picture Legends
1 They had the right instinct back in 1997: The founders of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants, Arne Lorenzen and Manuel Konen (from left to right)
2 Managing Directors of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants receiving the TOP-Executive Search Company Award, Ulrich Wilhelm, Matthias Wirth, Hendrik Scharnke (from left to right)

About Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants
Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants is a leading international recruitment and executive search agency for the hotel, catering and tourism industries with its head office in Dusseldorf/Germany. Since its foundation, the company has become a preferred partner for many experienced industry leaders and supports numerous renowned organizations in filling their key positions. The five offices of Konen & Lorenzen Recruitment Consultants are located in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Zurich, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. The Online Job Board HOTELCAREER- founded by Konen & Lorenzen as the first digital online job board for the industry in 1999- has been sold to Stepstone/Axel Springer in 2013.


Konen & Lorenzen GmbH & Co. KG
Ulrich Wilhelm, Managing Director
Kaiserswerther Straße 282
40474 Dusseldorf / Germany
Fon: +49 211 239 554 28

Konen & Lorenzen Middle East/Africa
Daniela Sighart, Branch Manager
c/o KLW Middle East FZE, Creative Tower
P.O. Box 4422, Fujairah, UAE
Mobile: +971 50 462 191 1