Dr. Andreas Winckler (52) has been appointed to the Extended Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt as Chief of Information Technology effective 1 October 2017. This means that he will be taking over at the helm of the Information Management division, previously the responsibility of Dr. Frank Biendara, who left Messe Frankfurt at his own request on 30 September to pursue new professional challenges.
With the newly created position of Chief of Information Technology on the Extended Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt is stepping up its efforts to digitise business processes, services and products, underlining the strategic relevance of digitisation for the company. As Chief of Information Technology, Dr. Winckler will report to Uwe Behm.
Dr. Winckler: “Enabling business encounters is our core business. Digitisation offers us a wealth of new possibilities to make such encounters even more effective and valuable for our customers and to further develop our digital products, services and processes. We do this both at national and international level, as Messe Frankfurt generates one-third of its sales in foreign markets. I see the hugely dynamic nature of technical advancement and its acceptance by society as both a challenge and opportunity.”
Dr. Andreas Winckler, an electrical engineer with a doctorate in information technology, has been with Messe Frankfurt for 14 years. From 1 January 2018, Klaus Reinke will be sole Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt Medien & Service, for which he and Dr. Andreas Winckler were formerly jointly responsible.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,300 employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €647 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).