Supervisory Board says farewell to Hans Werner Reinhard
Credit: Messe Düsseldorf/Andreas Wiese
On 27 September 2019, at Messe Düsseldorf’s Supervisory Board meeting, Hans Werner Reinhard will be officially relieved of his duties upon coordination with the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, the Mayor of Düsseldorf, Thomas Geisel. He will resign from his positions within the Messe Düsseldorf Group on 30 September 2019.
Reinhard had already announced to the Messe Düsseldorf Supervisory Board on 28 June 2019 that he would resign for personal reasons. Reinhard's fam-ily life focus will shift to Southern Germany. His wife will assume responsibility for her father's family-run company, which is now in its seventh generation. Reinhard will support his wife in her work and realign his career.
Hans Werner Reinhard has been Messe Düsseldorf’s Operating Managing Director since 2014, with responsibility for the corporate development and market research departments as well as for a range of leading international trade fairs: boot, drupa, ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE, EuroShop and EuroCIS, interpack - components for processing and packaging, ProWein (wine) and its worldwide spin-offs.
With a revenue of around EUR 294m in 2018, the Messe Düsseldorf Group has maintained its position as one of Germany’s most successful trade fair companies. 26,800 exhibitors presented their products to 1.14m trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf last year. Compared with previous events, this was an increase in the numbers of both exhibitors and visitors. The Düsseldorf exhibition centre hosts around 50 trade fairs in five sectors of expertise: machinery, plants and equipment; retail, crafts and services; health and medical technologies; lifestyle and beauty; and leisure. The trade fairs include 23 own number-one trade fairs, as well as, currently, 15 strong partner and guest events. Also, its subsidiary Düsseldorf Congress held around 2,200 conventions, corporate events, conferences and meetings in 2018, attracting around 1.6m delegates in all. In addition, the Messe Düsseldorf Group organises 70 proprietary events, joint events and contracted events in other countries and is one of the leading export platforms in the world. The international attendance is particularly high with the capital goods trade fairs of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In 2018, Messe Düsseldorf's own events in machinery, plants and equipment attracted approx. 77% international exhibitors and 70% trade visitors from other countries. In all, Düsseldorf trade fairs were attended by customers from about 180 countries. The group runs a global network of 77 international offices for 141 countries, including 7 international subsidiaries.