Hannover. Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG, has been elected to the Board of UFI, the World Association of the Exhibition Industry. The UFI is the global trade association of the world's trade show organizers and exhibition center operators as well as the most important national and international trade show companies.

"We bring people together to drive innovation. This makes the trade fair industry a key driver of progress and prosperity," says Köckler. "I'm all the more pleased to be able to represent Germany as a trade fair center on the UFI board to make visible the innovative power that is ignited by face-to-face encounters at trade fairs."

The main objective of the UFI is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry workers worldwide and also works closely with its 60 national and regional association members. There are currently more than 820 member organizations registered as members in over 85 countries around the world.