Press release

Messe München restructures company and reduces the size of its Board of Management

April 22, 2021

  • Falk Senger, Monika Dech and Gerhard Gerritzen will leave the Board of Management of Messe München GmbH either on July 01 or August 01, 2021
  • The company’s shareholders and Supervisory Board thank these three executives for their long and successful work at Messe München
  • Falk Senger and Monika Dech will remain with the company and assume other managerial positions

The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has required Messe München to reorganize the company and reduce the size of its six-member Board of Management. The company’s shareholders have placed managerial responsibility in the hands of Klaus Dittrich, Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer and Stefan Rummel.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created enormous challenges for the trade fair industry. In the wake of the dramatic plunge in revenue and the long-term changes caused by the pandemic, Messe München GmbH (MMG) has been forced to take a comprehensive range of steps to safeguard the company’s future. As part of this process, the company has systematically reshaped its business model, expanded its digital formats and intensified its focus on customers. At the same time, the company is restructuring its organization with the aim of increasing its agility, flexibility and efficiency.

In light of these developments, the company’s shareholders have decided to reduce the number of members on Messe München’s Board of Management by half. Falk Senger and Monika Dech will leave the Board of Management on July 01, 2021. They will then return to their previous positions as authorized signatories and department heads. They will remain members of the company’s management. Gerhard Gerritzen will retire on August 01.

As of July 01, 2021, the company’s Board of Management will be composed of Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO, Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board, and Stefan Rummel.

Hubert Aiwanger, the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy who chairs the Supervisory Board of Messe München, explained the rationale of the owners’ decisions this way: “The trade fair industry is facing enormous change. The ability to react quickly and flexibly to new market conditions has never been more important. With this goal in mind, we are streamlining the organization of Messe München to make it leaner and more efficient.”

Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, added: “We continue to firmly support Messe München in its role as one of the region’s leading economic factors. We believe that the future of Messe München is in very good hands under the leadership of Klaus Dittrich, Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer and Stefan Rummel. We will continue to support their efforts to safeguard the company’s long-term future. We would also like to thank Falk Senger, Monika Dech and Gerhard Gerritzen for their longstanding successful work at the company and for their tremendous personal commitment.”

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