Messe Frankfurt have announced a change in personnel as Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger take over as Vice Presidents of Consumer Goods Fairs from June 1, 2021. Nicolette Naumann, who is leaving the company at her own request, will continue to be available to Messe Frankfurt in an advisory capacity until June 30, 2021.
The company is initiating the upcoming generation change with Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger taking over the management of Consumer Goods Fairs at Messe Frankfurt Exhibition and will thus be responsible for all trade fair brands such as Ambiente, Christmasworld or Paperworld as well as future trade fair formats and platforms. In their function, they will continue to report to Stephan Kurzawski, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition.
Nicolette Naumann has decided to give the transition the appropriate space this year due to her broad as well as deep trade fair and industry knowledge. Naumann has held various positions at Messe Frankfurt since 1986 and is currently responsible for Ambiente, the world’s most important consumer goods fair, and its international brand events.
Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt, said, “With Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger, we have found our new top team for the consumer goods industry. They both bring detailed knowledge of the consumer goods markets as well as extensive skills and experience in marketing, PR, sales and the organization of a wide range of trade fair and online formats to align our leading trade fair platforms for the future in an increasingly challenging global industry environment. We are delighted to have been able to recruit them for this challenging roles and thank Nicolette Naumann for a 35-year career at Messe Frankfurt and her countless successes at home and abroad, which are unparalleled in the industry. Her name will forever be associated with Ambiente.”
A journalism graduate, Julie Uherek began her career at Messe Frankfurt in 2008 as a trainee in the Corporate Communications department. Since 2011, she has headed the Marketing Communications Consumer Goods department for the Paperworld, Creativeworld, Christmasworld and Beautyworld trade fairs. She has been the Group Show Director for consumer goods trade fairs since December 2017.
After graduating with a degree in business administration in March 2011, Philipp Ferger started as an assistant to the Board of Management and worked in this capacity for Detlef Braun, who is also responsible for the Consumer Goods & Leisure business segment, among other things. Since 2014, Ferger has been head of the regional trade show concept for the Consumer Goods business unit. In 2016, he also took over responsibility for Tendence as Group Show Director. On June 1, 2019, he was appointed as the second Managing Director of nmedia GmbH, alongside Nicolaus Gedat.