Messe Düsseldorf appoints new GM in Japan

Tokyo, 21st March: Messe Düsseldorf, an international exhibition organiser, has appointed Akiko Ohara as General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Japan, succeeding Dr. Andreas Moerke. After 12 years in Japan, Dr. Moerke will return to a management position at the company’s home base in Germany as of 1st August 2019. The appointment of Ms. Ohara represents the first time Messe Düsseldorf has appointed a woman to the top position in one of its international subsidiaries.

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Messe Düsseldorf: management changes in China

China, 18th February: Earlier this week, international exhibition organiser, Messe Düsseldorf, announced management changes. Marius Berlemann will become the General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai Limited and Bastian Mingers will serve as the Global Head of Wine & Spirits (including the ProWein trade fair portfolio). Both new roles are effective as of 1st April 2019.

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Aloysius Arlando officially appointed as SACEOS President

Singapore, 31st January: The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) has released an official statement on the official appointment of its new president, Mr. Aloysius Arlando, effective immediately. Arlando replaces Janet Tan-Collis who successfully led SACEOS for several years.

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New senior appointments in Malaysia

Malaysia, 24th & 28th January: In Malaysia, UBM Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) have recently appointed new senior managers.

UBM Malaysia announced the appointment of Gerard Leeuwenburgh as the Country General Manager effective 2nd January 2019. He has been in the MICE industry for over 25 years and has worked for leadership roles in various organisations including dmg events and VNU Exhibitions. In this new role, Gerard is responsible for the overall UBM portfolio in Malaysia. He succeeds Alun Jones who will leave the company by 31st January 2019. Gerard reports to Ian Roberts, Regional Executive Director of ASEAN for UBM.

UBM Asia Group Managing Director of the ASEAN Business M. Gandhi commented, “We are very excited to have Gerard on board. I am confident that he will be an excellent addition to the ASEAN management team and able to share his wealth of experience and provide the necessary leadership to further build our business.”

Meanwhile, MACEOS appointed Ms. Ho Yoke Ping as its new Executive Director effective 1st January 2019. She has served in various roles in the MICE industry for more than 20 years. Prior joining MACEOS, Ping was General Manager of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

Dato’ Vincent Lim, President of MACEOS stated, “Ping’s reputation in the industry is formidable and it is an honour to have her on board the Association. With her, we are in the strong opinion that MACEOS will be able to strategically move forward.”

Sources: PR Newswire article, Campaign Asia article [1], Conference & Meetings World article, Campaign Asia article [2]

dmg events appoints new VP in Asia

Asia, 15th January: dmg events, an international events and data group, announced the appointment of Mel Shah as Vice President of its operations in Asia.

Shah’s has 20 years of experience in the energy, digital, manufacturing, food and hospitality sectors in Asia. He has been responsible for developing key business units for various event organisations. In the new position, Shah will be responsible for growing dmg events’ portfolio across all of Asia.

Christopher Hudson, President of dmg events, commented, “Mel has a deep understanding of operating successful entrepreneurial ventures in Asia and India. The addition of his expertise and senior leadership experience to our energy portfolio in South East Asia will help us capitalise on the opportunities this region offers our growing business.”

Source: dmg events press release

Messe Düsseldorf appoints new Head of Trade Fair Press

Düsseldorf, 1st January: International trade fair organiser, Messe Düsseldorf, has appointed Dietmar Thomas as its Head of Trade Fair Press Department, effective from 1st January 2019. Thomas replaces Eva Rugenstein, former Head of Trade Fair Press Department, who retired after 25 years with the company.

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VNU Exhibitions appoints new Managing Director in Asia

Bangkok, 30th October: VNU Exhibitions, an international event organiser, recently appointed Mr. Heiko M. Stutzinger as its new Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region.

According to VNU, Heiko is an experienced manager focused on business development and strategic growth initiatives. He is also experienced with restructuring and turnaround management. Heiko has more than ten years experience in senior management positions in trade show businesses and management consulting.

In this new role, he will oversee the entire Asia Pacific region and will set the strategy for VNU in the Asia Pacific region.

Heiko is currently Deputy General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai as well as Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf China. Heiko will take on the new role as of 1st February 2019 and will be based in VNU’s Bangkok office.

Albert Arp, CEO of Jaarbeurs/VNU, commented, “Heiko is an experienced, highly-respected executive that shares our vision for future growth, operations excellence and superior customer service. He has demonstrated the ability to build and grow business, operations and projects in China. Heiko will help us to bring our regional operations to the next level and strengthen our position in this critically important part of the world.”

Source: VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific press release

New Exhibition Director at Reed’s IBTM World

Worldwide, 17th October: IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has appointed David Thompson as the new Exhibition Director for IBTM World.

Thompson has worked for various companies in the industry producing some award-winning events over the past 14 years. According to Reed, Thompson will bring his experience with organising exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to IBTM.

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM, said, “We are delighted to have David join us as Exhibition Director for IBTM World. David has an excellent track record of delivering commercially successful customer-focused events and I’m excited to work alongside him as we continue to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking event.”

Sources: IBTM World press release, Exhibition World article