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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Oliver P. Kuhrt to leave Koelnmesse

CEO Gerald Böse to assume Kuhrt’s responsibilities until further notice

Oliver P. Kuhrt, the Executive Vice President of Koelnmesse responsible
for marketing, today informed the Chairman of the Group’s Supervisory
Board, Mayor Jürgen Roters, that he would like to formally resign from his
position at the Supervisory Board meeting to be held tomorrow, April 5,
2011, in order to take on a new professional challenge. The
responsibilities of Mr. Kuhrt’s management division will be taken over
immediately and until further notice by Gerald Böse, Chief Executive
Officer of Koelnmesse.

Oliver P. Kuhrt came to Cologne in 2000 and initially was responsible for
successfully building up Koelnmesse’s subsidiary Koelnmesse Service GmbH. In
2003 he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President within the
parent company Koelnmesse GmbH. Here he managed more than 20
international trade fairs, including photokina, INTERMOT, spoga+gafa,
ORGATEC and IDS. Most recently he played a key role in the successful
acquisition of the events gamescom and USETEC. Oliver P. Kuhrt commented,
“I look back with pleasure at my ten years of highly interesting and
multifaceted work at Koelnmesse, for which I am profoundly grateful. I wish
the Group, its management and all of its employees continued professional
success and all the best for the future.” Mayor Jürgen Roters thanked Mr. Kuhrt
“on behalf of the entire Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse for his successful and
dedicated work for the Group and the city of Cologne.” Koelnmesse CEO
Gerald Böse added, “In recent years Mr. Kuhrt generated strong momentum for
our trade fair portfolio and continuously refined the leading global trade fairs
for which he was responsible. I would like to thank him for his extraordinary
dedication, and I wish him every success as he addresses new challenges.”

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