Kolenmesse parts company with chief operating officer as CEO assumes duties

German-based trade fair organiser Kolenmesse, which is behind a series of events including ISM, has confirmed that it has parted company with its chief operating officer (COO) Katharina C. Hamma, leaving its CEO with overall responsibility.

The business, which works across a number of sectors, said that the decision by its board was “in light of differing views on the future strategic direction of the company” and was with immediate effect.

Until further notice, Koelnmesse CEO Gerald Böse (pictured) will assume Ms. Hamma’s previous responsibilities, which included being an authorised signatory at Messe München. She had been appointed to the management board of Koelnmesse in 2011 to fill the newly created COO position. Preparations for ISM in 2019 are reportedly on course, with the event due to take place between January 28 and 30th 2019.

The company’s history in staging industry trade fairs began in 1924, and  events regularly organised by Koelnmesse take place at different intervals and
attract more than 53,500 exhibiting companies from 122 countries. In total, its wide range of industry shows including Anuga, attract a total of around  million visitors from 221 countries.

In addition, around 2,000 congress events with more than 1 million visitors are held at Koelnmesse’s congress centres North and East, which are operated by KölnKongress GmbH, a subsidiary of Koelnmesse and the city of Cologne, as well as in further locations in Cologne like the “Tanzbrunnen” and the “Festhaus Gürzenich”.

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