ESSEN—Eon has hired Barbara Schaedler to lead corporate communications, following Guido Knott's departure from the role, reports PR Report.

Schaedler joins from Lufthansa, where she spent almost three years as SVP of communications. She joins as Eon spins off its nuclear and fossil fuels unit as a separate business called Uniper. Schaedler will report to Eon CEO Johannes Teyssen whose company now focuses on renewables.

Schaedler succeeds Knott, who last year was named CEO of Eon's PreussenElektra nuclear power unit. 

PR Report adds that Schaedler's successor at Lufthansa is expected to be an internal appointment — Andreas Bartels, who currently leads media relations at the airline.

Schaedler endured some complex issues at Lufthansa, notably wage disputes and last year's German Wings crisis.

Prior to joining the airline, Schaedler spent 18 months as global communications SVP at SAP. She was also the CEO and founder at Impact Consult, and has worked at Fujitsu and the Ministry of Finance.

Bartels, meanwhile, has been with Lufthansa since 2007.