Hannover, Germany. On July 1, Jochen Köckler formally took over the Chairmanship of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board. At a reduced size of three, the future Board will consist of Köckler and fellow members Andreas Gruchow and Oliver Frese. Pending a planned reshuffling, Köckler will assume all areas of responsibility previously covered by his predecessor Wolfram von Fritsch, including Finance and Legal, Marketing and PR, Human Resources and Organization, Auditing, Strategic Program Management and the Digital Office. He will also continue to be in charge of the company's trade fairs in the fields of Industry, Energy and Logistics as well as its hosted events.
Köckler has served on the Deutsche Messe Managing Board since 2012. Before that, from 1999 to 2012, he was deputy managing director of the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and, in his capacity as head of the DLG exhibition division, was also in charge of two major Hannover-based hosted events – AGRITECHNICA and EuroTier.
"We will continue to promote the globalization and digitization of Deutsche Messe," declared Köckler. "To this end, we will be taking advantage of the strong foundation built by our leading international trade fairs in Hannover, with the aim of securing profitable growth for the company and sustained indirect returns for Hannover and the state of Lower Saxony."