COMPOSITES EUROPE with new leadership team
Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel to become new Event Director
Michael Köhler in a central function as Sales Director
Out into the world and back to the Rhine – this applies to both Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel (52), who returns to Reed Exhibitions as an Event Director after 17 years in the international trade fair business including eight years as the Director of “boot”, and to Michael Köhler (40) who for seven years was the Event Director for material trade fairs, now back on board again in Düsseldorf since the middle of the year after international posts in the interim at Reed Exhibitions in the USA and Austria – in a new position as the central acting Sales Director.
“With this new leadership team we are bringing together a crew that looks back on more than 30 years of expertise altogether in the international convention business and has succeeded in moving big tanker vessels over that period,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO at Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.
A metaphor which particularly fits Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel. During his time as a Director of “boot” he succeeded in charting a new course to success for this flagship during the stormy years of the financial and economic crisis bucking the general trend and managing to position the fair as the absolute market leader.
“I am also delighted that we can welcome back to their old home turf two former youngsters, Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel and Michael Köhler who received the “rough cut” at Reed, as seasoned trade-fair professionals, demonstrating the strong ties with Reed,” says Hans-Joachim Erbel.
A journey that Olaf Freier will embark upon in the opposite direction, so to speak. Because “away from the Rhine and into the world” reads the motto for Olaf Freier. The former Event Director of the materials trade fairs – successfully at the helm since 2015 – has been predominantly active in St. Albans since the beginning of the year – at the headquarters of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, a company owned by Reed Exhibitions since January.
“A change which is of central importance to the alignment, especially in view of the international roll-out of Mack Brooks’ existing trade fairs. Olaf takes on a central function here with great responsibility. A logical step for his professional prospects,” said Hans-Joachim Erbel, who is also in the lead when it comes to the further development of Mack Brooks.
One reason why the responsibility for material trade fairs will also be realigned at management level. In future, Michael Freter will be accountable for them. Freter, who has been Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Deutschland for eleven years now, is already in charge of four trade fairs today.
About Reed Exhibitions:
Organising over 500 trade fairs and exhibitions in 42 countries annually, Reed Exhibitions is among the world’s leading organisers in the exhibition business and forms part of the media group RELX. The German headquarters are located in Düsseldorf.
Leading international trade fairs such as EQUITANA, the Equestrian Sports World Fair, FIBO, the Leading Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness and Health, PSI, Europe’s largest Trade Show for the Promotional Products Industry, and the industrial trade fair ALUMINIUM decisively shape the image of Reed Exhibitions in Germany.
Add to this trade fairs in the areas of new materials, industrial insulation materials, visual communication and textile promotion as well as the bar and beverage industry.
Reed Exhibitions Deutschland is active at the trade fair locations Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne, Stuttgart, Berlin, Neuss and Mannheim.
Photo: Michael Köhler (jpg, 1,1 mb)