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May 2018

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


The supervisory board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH headed by its chairman Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel extended the contract of Werner M. Dornscheidt (64) as President & CEO until June 30, 2020. “It means a lot to me that I will be able to work for this company until 2020,” commented Dornscheidt. He added that to be able to open one of the outstanding construction projects in the history of Messe Düsseldorf with the New Messe South / Hall 1 in 2019 and to withdraw from his active professional life with the world's leading trade fairs interpack and drupa marks a milestone for him.

Dornscheidt started his career in 1979 as a manager in the central division for foreign trade fairs of then Düsseldorfer Messegesellschaft mbH – NOWEA. After briefly working for the subsidiary Internationale Messe Marketing GmbH he was in charge of the new projects in third countries at NOWEA International GmbH between 1984 and 1986. From 1986 to 1990 Dornscheidt headed the department for trade fairs and sales promotion events for Centrale Marketing-Gesellschaft der deutschen Agrarwirtschaft (CMA), before he assumed responsibility for all the company’s events abroad as Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf International GmbH in 1990. During this period in 1996/1997 he temporarily managed the business of Messe Düsseldorf North America and served as a board member for Messe BVV AG, in Brno, Czech Republic in 1998/1999. In 1999 he joined Messe Leipzig GmbH as chairman of the management board. As President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH he returned to his hometown on January 1, 2004.

Werner M. Dornscheidt has been Honorary Consul for the United States of Mexico in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2007. At the Supervisory Board meeting, it was approved to continue this function for and in the interests of the trade fair company beyond 2020.

According to Lord Mayor Geisel, the extension of the contract also marked continuity of leadership in an important transition phase for the company: "Under Dornscheidt's watch, the central course has been set for the future of the municipal subsidiary, especially in the areas of globalization, digitization and site and service optimization. This successful strategy is to be continued beyond 2020, which is what we stand for as a supervisory body". The fair company works subsidy-free and is one of the most profitable with its own exhibition grounds in Europe, emphasized Geisel.

The Messe Düsseldorf Group*:
With a turnover of around EUR 360 million in 2017, the Messe Düsseldorf Group maintained its position as one of Germany's most successful trade fair companies. About 28,700 exhibitors presented their products to 1.35 million trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf this year. They were joined by over half a million visitors to various conventions. About 50 trade fairs were held in Düsseldorf, including 23 No. 1 events in five areas of expertise: machinery, plants and equipment, retail, skilled crafts and services, medicine and healthcare, fashion and lifestyle as well as leisure. In addition, there were about 70 own, joint and contracted events outside Germany, demonstrating that the Messe Düsseldorf Group is a leading global platform for export. Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is the trade fair company with the highest degree of internationality in capital goods exhibitions. In 2017 Messe Düsseldorf's own events in machinery, plants and equipment attracted approx. 74% international exhibitors and 73% trade visitors from other countries. Overall, Düsseldorf trade fairs were attended by customers from about 180 countries. The Group runs a global network of sales offices in 139 countries (75 international representations) as well as competence centers in 8 countries.
* All figures subject to final balance sheet

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