FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — Kerstin Horaczek has been appointed group show director of Messe Frankfurt effective Sept. 1, the trade fair and event organizer reports.
In this position, she will be responsible for events worldwide in the safety, security & fire, food technologies, textile care, cleaning & cleanroom technologies and environmental technologies industry sectors.
“With the knowledge that she has acquired to date and the outstanding network that she has built up both within the Messe Frankfurt Group and within the technical industry sectors, Kerstin Horaczek is an ideal choice to expand the trade fair portfolio under her charge and to prime it for the future,” says Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, senior vice president of technology. “We are delighted that she has agreed to take on this challenging position.”
A graduate in business management, Horaczek began her career at Messe Frankfurt in 2001 as part of a dual work/study program. Following this, she worked in the mergers & acquisitions and subsidiary management divisions.
Since 2012, she has coordinated and advanced the expansion of the Group’s international technical trade fair portfolio. In this function, she reported to Jeglitza-Moshage, and will continue to do so in her new position.
Horaczek takes over from Ruth Lorenz, who will be retiring in September after 27 years at Messe Frankfurt, 21 of which were in managerial positions.
“With her many years of service, Ruth Lorenz has paved the way for her successor, with whom she has worked closely together in the past,” says Jeglitza-Moshage. “We will continue to follow the course that Ruth Lorenz has set and would like to thank her most sincerely for everything she has achieved for the company and to wish her every health and happiness in the future.
“In Kerstin Horaczek, she will be succeeded by a prominent personality in the trade fair sector who has the energy and drive needed to expand our business field.”