5 mins with… Jeffrey James (JJ) Köhler


Best way to spend the weekend?

BBQ, beer and watching football.

What scares you?

Not much, but I do everything possible to ensure that my family stays healthy.

What was your last online search? 

Summer holiday 2018.

Describe yourself in one word?


What was the last gift you gave someone?

Oops. This is a nice reminder that I should buy some flowers for my wife!

Best compliment you’ve ever received?

In business: “Thanks for your support and your fairness, you have helped me develop to the next level.” It came from a former team member.

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Facebook. I rarely post anything, but I find it amusing when people share their whole life with the entire world.

What’s your life philosophy? 

Work hard, play hard.

What would you cook for a dinner party?

I’m not sure the party would be a success if I cooked – most probably not.

What’s your favourite place to visit in your homeland Germany?

Hamburg. It’s a fantastic city. I like the harbour, in particular the Speicherstadt, which is a historic warehouse district where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations. I also enjoy visiting the lake known as the Binnenalster, plus there are many more great locations.

Your favourite gadget?

My iPhone.

What words do you use the most?

Please and thank you.

Favourite music genre?

Techno music.

What do you do in your spare time? 

As I am often travelling during the week, I have absolutely no say when it comes to the family diary. I just do as I’m told. My daughter’s hobby is dancing, therefore we spend a lot of weekends travelling to  tournaments across Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

What makes you happy?

When my family is doing well, I am doing well. Happy wife = happy life. ϑ

Career Q&A

Describe your current job. 

I am in charge of Newell Brands’ international key accounts managed within the EMEA territory. 

I work with a strong team of local key account managers and am supported by a dedicated marketing team for major clients across the region, representing well-known brands such as Dymo, Rubbermaid, Parker, Paper Mate, Waterman and Sharpie.

If you weren’t doing your present job, what would you like to be doing?

Taxi driver. I like driving cars, I like talking to people and you have flexible working hours. Sounds perfect.

Best moment in your career? 

Fortunately, there is not just one. I always have good moments if I can fulfil expectations from Newell and my customers.

What do you like best about the office products industry? 

It´s all about the people. Just the same as every industry, we have vendors, customers and competitors, each with their own objectives. But in my experience, we all cooperate in a respectful and responsible manner. I also enjoy the multiple fairs, summits, OPI Forums and Partnership events. And of course the entire OPI team – Janet Bell, is this enough for the free drink you have promised me?

What personal item do you have on your work desk?

A small, unopened bottle of junmai ginjo-shu sake.