Executive Board

Executive Board


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)​

Peter Ottmann (b. 1966) has been CEO of NürnbergMesse since 2011.​

Ottmann has the exhibitions business in his blood. He’s been working at NürnbergMesse since as far back as 1994 – and as its CEO since 2011. Before that he was a member of management (from 2005) and Press Officer (from 1997). ​

He’s also the First Deputy Chairman of AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry; a member of the board of the GDG, the Association of Major German Exhibition Organisers; and a member of the board of the UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. ​

Ottmann also volunteers as a member of the Nuremberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Middle Franconia, the Steering Committee of the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg (EMN), and the Munich-Stuttgart Italian Chamber of Commerce.


Member of the Executive Board​

Dirk Blum (b. 1965) has been Senior Vice President Finance & Facility since 2023. ​

Dirk Blum has been a member of NürnbergMesse management as CFO since 2004. He joined the Executive Board in 2023, where he is Senior Vice President Finance & Facility. ​

He represents NürnbergMesse as a member of the Board of Directors, Supervisory Board member, or company representative at the subsidiaries FORUM S.A., NürnbergMesse China, NürnbergMesse Brasil, NürnbergMesse India, Holtmann, Lehrieder and also MedtechLIVE and AMA Service. 

The financial expert began his career by earning a degree in business administration and training in banking and tax consulting. He has a total of about 30 years of management experience, 25 of them as a unit manager. ​


Member of the Executive Board ​

Thomas Koch (b. 1977) has been Senior Vice Present Group Development since 2023. ​

Koch began his career at NürnbergMesse as a Department Manager for Corporate Communications in 2014, then added responsibilities for human resources and legal affairs, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2023 as Senior Vice President Group Development.  ​

He has been a member of NürnbergMesse GmbH management since 2017, and has chaired the General Meeting of Greek subsidiary FORUM S.A. and the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of NürnbergMesse Italia since 2023, in addition to chairing the Board of Directors of NürnbergMesse North America and NürnbergMesse China.  ​

The native Franconian completed his undergraduate studies and earned his doctorate from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and has 13 years of experience in management, nine of them at NürnbergMesse.  ​


Member of the Executive Board​

Petra Wolf (b. 1971) has been Senior Vice President Product Management since 2023.​

Petra Wolf loves trade fairs – they’re something she lives for. She’s been with NürnbergMesse since 1997, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2023 as Senior Vice President Product Management, with responsibilities for all the company’s own events and those held by partners and guests at the Nuremberg exhibition site.  ​

Wolf is also active as a mentor in NürnbergMesse’s JUMP executive training programme. She is Chairwoman of the subsidiaries NürnbergMesse Brasil and NürnbergMesse India, and of German subsidiaries NürnbergMesse Service GmbH and NürnbergMesse Beteiligungs-GmbH, as well as MedtechLive GmbH.  ​

Petra Wolf studied in Bamberg at the Faculty of Humanities at the Otto Friedrich University. ​

She has more than 20 years of management experience - since 2009 as a Vice President.​


Member of the Executive Board​

Martin Kassubek (b. 1981) has been Senior Vice President Business Development since 2023.​

Kassubek’s world is digital. He’s been with NürnbergMesse since 2012, and has been a member of the Executive Board as Senior Vice President Business Development since 2023. ​

He is a member of the Digital Board he founded at NürnbergMesse, serves as a mentor for ZOLLHOF start-ups, and is also involved in the Digital Partner Network he established – an association of all digital partner firms of NürnbergMesse.  ​

The native of Lower Saxony completed his undergraduate studies and earned his doctorate in the Economics Faculty at Leibniz University in Hannover. Following that, he took part in the Executive Leadership Program at Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). He has nine years of management experience.   ​

Management Board

The extended management board also includes the divisional heads of NürnbergMesse.

  • Corporate Affairs: Dr. Thomas Koch
  • International: Wolfgang Kranz
  • Expo & Conference I: Thomas Preutenborbeck
  • Expo & Conference II: Petra Wolf
  • Expo & Conference III: Victoria Vehse
  • Guest Events & Convention: Jan Gerrit Ebener
  • Corporate & Digital Development: Dr. Martin Kassubek
  • Services: Remo Zimmermann
  • Finance & Administration: Dirk Blum
  • Facility & Event Management: Gerald Weiß

Image credits:

  • Header: NürnbergMesse / Ralf Rödel