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As of 2019, Jörg Zeissig will join the Senior Management of Holtmann Messe + Event

Over the next few years, Managing Partner Claus Holtmann will gradually transfer responsibilities for the Holtmann Group to his designated successor. With Jörg Zeissig, as of January 2019 an event specialist with international experience and substantial digitalization expertise will come on board. For the joint subsidiary of Claus Holtmann and NürnbergMesse, this will mark the beginning of the next phase in its nearly seventy-year history.

“Our goal is to successfully lead Holtmann into the future – and that includes strategic planning for succession management,” explains Claus Holtmann, 62. “With Jörg Zeissig we have found a leader whose background, sales orientation and charisma make him the perfect choice for the future management of the Holtmann Group.”

Peter Ottmann, CEO of the NürnbergMesse Group, led the search for a suitable successor, together with Claus Holtmann. “Jörg Zeissig fulfills all of our criteria, and especially impressed us with his international event know-how and his experience in the area of digitalization,” says Ottmann. Zeissig has already been introduced to the staff at the Hannover and Nuremberg offices, and will officially commence his duties on January 1, 2019.

Event specialist as successor

For Jörg Zeissig, 45, the new position will mean a return to the trade show sector. After completing his studies, he took on a leadership position at Leipziger Messe, where he was responsible for internationalizing the event business, as well as sales and management aspects. Zeissig subsequently served as Executive Vice President for Sales at two major event construction companies in the greater Frankfurt area. In the past several years, as CEO he has very successfully led two companies focused on the technical implementation of events and television productions.

“I always had a very positive impression of Claus Holtmann and the company. Now that I have had the chance to get to know the Senior Management in the course of strategy workshops, and later all of the employees, the new position is all the more appealing,” reports Zeissig. “I look forward to leading Holtmann into the future.”

Holtmann enters the next phase

Looking back on nearly seven decades, Holtmann Messe + Event is one of the oldest event providers in the business. Walter and Wilhelm Holtmann founded the company just after the Second World War and took part in the 1947 Hannover Trade Fair. The early 1990s saw the transition to the next generation. Jürgen and Claus Holtmann further pursued the company’s internationalization and specialization. With the EXPO2000 in Hannover, Holtmann significantly expanded its portfolio. In 2010 NürnbergMesse GmbH became a 50-percent shareholder in place of Jürgen Holtmann, opening new chances to continue the existing success course of Jürgen and Claus Holtmann, especially by opening synergies with regard to international development.

In the past few years the Holtmann Group has reported revenues of between 30 and 35 million Euros and is currently home to 135 employees. With its three brands – Holtmann Messe+Event, EXPOMONDO and :mesomondo – the Group now offers a broad portfolio of temporary communication structures: not only trade show booths, but also shops, brand stores, road-shows, pop-up stores, temporary projects and pavilions for the Olympic games, sporting events and international exhibitions, as well as museum installations.


November 2018