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Jörg Seyffart to be new Chief of Finance at Messe Frankfurt

May 30, 2017

Dr. Guido Kaupe to head the Finance & Accounting and Corporate Controlling divisions

Effective 1 August 2017, Jörg Seyffart (49) will be appointed to the Messe Frankfurt Extended Board of  Management as Chief of Finance. He will take over this position, together with overall responsibility for all financial areas, from his predecessor Klaus Münster-Müller, who is to retire after 29 years at the leading trade fair organiser.

As Chief of Finance, Jörg Seyffart will be responsible for the Group’s financial controlling worldwide. As a member of the Extended Board of Management, he will – in addition to Subsidiary Management / Mergers & Acquisitions and the research functions – assume responsibility for Finance & Accounting and Corporate Controlling. Seyffart, a trained bank official and economics graduate, has been with Messe Frankfurt since 2010.
In addition to relevant knowledge about Group companies, he has many years of international experience to his credit.

Effective 1 September 2017, Dr. Guido Kaupe (54) will be at the helm of both the Finance & Accounting and Corporate Controlling divisions within the area of Finance at Messe Frankfurt. He has a wealth of experience in a variety of positions in Controlling and Finance & Accounting, particularly with regard to developing and implementing efficient accounting structures and processes.

Dr. Kaupe, who has a doctorate in business administration, previously worked at Fraport AG, where he held a number of managerial positions in the area of Accounting from 2000 onwards, most recently as Head of Controlling in one of the company’s operational divisions. Between 2006 and 2011, he was also Managing Director of Energy Air GmbH, Fraport AG’s energy procurement and distribution subsidiary responsible for serving Frankfurt Airport. Prior to this, Dr. Kaupe held positions at Mannheim University and Mainz University and at Deutsche Post AG.

In his functions, Dr. Kaupe will report to Jörg Seyffart. The Chief of Finance will report to the Messe Frankfurt Executive Board, namely to President and CEO Wolfgang Marzin.

With regard to the new appointment, Wolfgang Marzin commented: “We firmly believe that we have made excellent choices. With his many years of experience, Dr. Guido Kaupe is ideally suited to assist us with forthcoming decisions about the future orientation of the Group. And with Jörg Seyffart, we have a proven expert who is capable of taking the highly successful work of his predecessor to the next level. During his decades of service for Messe Frankfurt, Klaus Münster-Müller performed sterling work in structuring financial processes in line with the internationalisation of the Group.”

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.

With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).