Contract extension: Maria Kofidou confirmed as Managing Director until 2026
Maria Kofidou (Credit: Düsseldorf Congress / Peter Weihs)
Düsseldorf. Maria Kofidou, Managing Director of Düsseldorf Congress GmbH since 2019, has been confirmed at the helm of the company for another five years by the supervisory board.
The supervisory body of the company, which is owned 50 per cent each by the state capital of Düsseldorf and Messe Düsseldorf, thus acknowledges the achievements of the business graduate in the strategic realignment.
After almost no physical events could be held in the first quarter, Düsseldorf Congress expects business to slowly recover in the current fiscal year with the prospective re-start of face-to-face events.
The Messe Düsseldorf Group generated a turnover of EUR 136.8 million in the COVID year 2020. At the seven events in Düsseldorf 5,422 exhibitors presented their products to 534,367 trade visitors. Messe Düsseldorf has developed a ground-breaking hygiene and infection protection concept, which was successfully employed at CARAVAN SALON, the first major German trade fair held since spring 2020. Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre hosts around 40 trade fairs in five sectors of expertise: “Machinery, Plants & Equipment”, “Retail, Crafts & Services”, “Medicine & Health”, “Lifestyle & Beauty” as well as “Leisure”, including 20 international No. 1 trade fairs as well as, currently, 15 robust partner and guest events. In addition, there are more than 1,000 congresses, corporate events, conferences and meetings organised by the subsidiary Düsseldorf Congress. Furthermore, the Messe Düsseldorf Group organises 75 of its own, joint and contracted events in other countries and is one of the leading export platforms in the world. The Group runs a global network of 77 international offices for 141 countries, including 7 international subsidiaries.