At the Shareholders’ Meeting of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Wolfram N. Diener was appointed as the new president & Chief Executive Officer.
Diener succeeds Werner M. Dornscheidt, who will retire at the end of June 2020 after almost 17 years at the helm of the Düsseldorf trade fair company. Diener will take up his post on 1 July 2020.
Erhard Wienkamp was also appointed as new Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business.
“Markets are shifting, the world is becoming more international, more digital and more complex. With their many years of trade fair experience worldwide, Wolfram N. Diener and Erhard Wienkamp are the ideal torchbearers to lead Messe Düsseldorf into the future. They stand for both renewal and continuity,” said Dornscheidt, of the new management team.
A graduate of business administration, Diener was responsible for the Asian trade fair operations of Messe Frankfurt (H.K.) Ltd. from the end of the 1990s as Managing Director. In 2001 he joined the management at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre Ltd. After various management positions with Asian trade fair and congress companies, he successfully worked as a member of the management board at UBM Asia Ltd. in Hong Kong until 2018.
“The Düsseldorf trade fair organisers have an unbeatable brand profile that can be made even more successful in the future driven by internationalisation and digitisation. I am delighted at the confidence shown in me to carry out this vision responsibly with the help of an outstanding team,” said Diener.
In his role as new President & CEO he would like to focus further on the international trade fair portfolio, the optimisation of the exhibition centre at the home base, on corporate responsibility and digital transformation.