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13th September 2019, Stuttgart

Composites Europe announces new leadership team

Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel and Michael Köhler. © Composites Europe

Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel and Michael Köhler. © Composites Europe

Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel 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 Michael Köhler, who for seven years was the Event Director for material trade fairs, is now back on board again in Düsseldorf 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,” said Hans-Joachim Erbel, CEO at Reed Exhibitions Deutschland.

During his time as a Director of “boot”, Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel 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,” said Mr Erbel. 

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,” continued Mr Erbel, who is also in the lead when it comes to the further development of Mack Brooks.

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.

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