European trade fair organier Koelnmesse has appointed Oliver Frese as chief operating officer (COO) of the company, effective January 1,2020. The former member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG will be responsible for the operative development of Koelnmesse’s event portfolio.

“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.

Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, said: “With Oliver Frese, a dynamic and recognised trade fair professional is coming to Cologne, who has experienced all the facets of the rapidly transforming trade fair industry in his successful career to date.”

Frese can look back on 14 years of service with Deutsche Messe AG. Prior to his board position, he was responsible for the Hannover Messe, the world’s most important industrial trade fair, until 2013. On the Management Board, he was responsible for Technology, Gastronomy and Services, as well as the ICT & Digital Business Events competence area and all public trade fairs at the Hanover site. “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 of his new position.