Press release
New leadership team for NürnbergMesse

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Marcus König (l.) with the new leadership team: CEO Peter Ottmann (r.) and the Senior Management Committee members Petra Wolf, Dr Thomas Koch, Dirk Blum and Dr Martin Kassubek.

Press release NürnbergMesse

New leadership team for NürnbergMesse

4. July 2023
  • Effective 1 August, the new leadership team will be composed of CEO Peter Ottmann and the Senior Management Committee members Dirk Blum, Petra Wolf, Dr Thomas Koch, and Dr Martin Kassubek
  • This management structure is aligned with the company’s new business strategy

Effective 1 August 2023, the NürnbergMesse Group will have a new management structure. As resolved by the Supervisory Board in its meeting of 30 June, management responsibilities will be reshuffled at the exhibition company. Peter Ottmann (56), who has led the NürnbergMesse Group as CEO together with Prof. Dr Roland Fleck since 2011, will be the sole Chief Executive Officer after Prof Fleck enters retirement on 1 August. Lord Mayor Marcus König, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NürnbergMesse, said: “As an extraordinarily experienced trade fair executive, Peter Ottmann will now serve as the sole CEO of NürnbergMesse. We have no doubt that he will continue the success our company has enjoyed over the last 12 years. He will be supported by a strong quartet of senior managers at the second management level. The CEO and the Senior Management Committee will work together closely as the new leadership team, which encompasses a diverse array of talents, abilities, and experience from within the company. They will be able to confront the future challenges of the trade fair industry more effectively and more quickly on the basis of the new business strategy. We wish to express our special gratitude to Roland Fleck, who has been remarkably successful in the last 12 years as one of the company’s two CEOs. He and Peter Ottmann together have built our company into one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world.”

Minister of State Albert Füracker, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NürnbergMesse GmbH: "Prof. Dr Fleck, together with Peter Ottmann, has formed an extremely successful management duo since 2011, which has significantly shaped NürnbergMesse and made it a world-class exhibition company. For this, he deserves great recognition and heartfelt thanks, also on behalf of the Free State of Bavaria! As an economic engine, NürnbergMesse is of great importance - far beyond the borders of Bavaria. With the new management structure and Peter Ottmann at the helm, NürnbergMesse is ideally positioned to continue its success story."

Peter Ottmann: “I wish to thank the shareholders and the Supervisory Board most sincerely for the trust and confidence they have placed in me. I am looking forward to writing the next chapters of the success story of NürnbergMesse together with the new management team. I thank Roland Fleck for his trustful collaboration in the last 12 years and wish him all the best in this new phase of his life.”

The new Group Executive Board is composed of four members of the Senior Management Committee, who as senior department managers will report directly to Peter Ottmann. Each one of these four experienced executives will take on additional responsibility for one of NürnbergMesse’s corporate staff departments. The Product Management Department to be led by Petra Wolf (52) will cover all event activities at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. All international activities and corporate governance issues will be combined within the Group Development Department to be headed up by Dr Thomas Koch (46). Dr Martin Kassubek (42) will bear responsibility for all matters related to strategy, digital, and services in the Business Development Department. And as head of the Finance & Facility Department, Dirk Blum (57) will focus on site infrastructure and finance. The extended management team will be composed of NürnbergMesse’s current department managers, as before.

Dr. Ulf Santjer
Dr Ulf Santjer
Press Spokesman NürnbergMesse
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About the NürnbergMesse Group

The NürnbergMesse Group is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. It includes NürnbergMesse GmbH and that company’s 15 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Group employs more than 1,000 people at eleven locations in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Greece, Austria and the USA. It also has a network of international representatives in more than 100 countries. Its portfolio comprises some 120 national and international exhibitions and conferences held in person and as digital events, focusing on five general fields: Retail & Consumer Goods, Building & Construction, Process Technology, Electronics & Security, and Social & Public. Its events safeguard jobs; generate tax revenues as well as billions of euros in purchasing power effects each year, making NürnbergMesse a major economic engine for the Nuremberg metropolitan region and Germany as a whole. As an employer and organiser of major events, NürnbergMesse assumes responsibility for people and the environment. It shapes its corporate actions in accordance with the 17 UN SDGs with the aim of achieving climate neutrality in energy supply by 2028.

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