Koelnmesse Appoints New COO


Oliver Frese will be taking on the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Koelnmesse, the organization behind tradeshows such as Anuga. At its meeting on 25 November 2019, the trade fair company’s supervisory board decided in favor of the 52-year-old, who served as a member of the management board of Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover until the end of 2018. As COO on the three-member management board in Cologne, he will be responsible for the operative development of Koelnmesse’s event portfolio. Frese starts on 1 January 2020. 

 “With Oliver Frese, we have gained an extremely experienced trade fair manager and an authentic leader who we trust will be able to integrate new events as well as further develop Cologne’s traditional trade fairs to meet the requirements of the modern trade fair business,” said Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board and Cologne’s Mayor Henriette Reker following the committee’s decision. 

Before his board position, he was responsible for the Hannover Messe, one of the world’s most important industrial trade fair, until 2013.

“I am looking forward to working with a highly professional and experienced team to further develop Koelnmesse’s strong position in the international trade fair market and to further expand Cologne as a hotspot for innovative trade fair and event concepts,” says Oliver Frese. 

As COO, Oliver Frese completes Koelnmesse’s management trio alongside Gerald Böse, who as CEO and president is responsible for corporate strategy, corporate development and international business, and Herbert Marner (CFO), who is responsible for technical and financial matters. Frese succeeds Katharina Hamma, who left the company at the end of 2018. 

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