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Manuel Mataré gradually hands over operational management to Sabine Geldermann

Manuel Mataré gradually hands over operational management to Sabine Geldermann


For personal reasons Manuel Mataré, Director of drupa and digi:media, will gradually be withdrawing from operational management as of the start of next year. At the same time, he will progressively hand over the projects to his successor Sabine Geldermann, thereby ensuring continuity. This transition phase will run until the end of the second quarter of 2013, after which time Mataré will support the drupa and digi:media teams in a consulting capacity. “As hard as this step is for me, I have to slow down for health reasons,” said Mataré, who will be celebrating his 60th birthday next year, explaining this decision and going on to say: “I am convinced that this solution is in the best interest of all parties involved and will ensure continued successful development of drupa and digi:media.” Manuel Mataré has been working with Messe Düsseldorf as Project Director and Division Director for 25 years now and over this period he has been in charge of hogatec (International Trade Fair for Hotels, Gastronomy and Catering) and Wire/Tube (International Trade Fair for Wire, Cable, Production and Processing), to name but two events. Since 1994 he has been in charge of drupa and further developed the internationalisation of the trade fair in that period. During his time here drupa was also re-pitched as the leading international trade fair for print media, publishing and converting with a new corporate design featuring the pixel logo that replaced the old printing tampon.

Messe Düsseldorf has decided in favour of key exhibition and sectoral competence in appointing Sabine Geldermann. The 46-year old served as a Project Director in charge of the leading European trade fair for advertising materials (PSI) as well as the International Franchise Fair at Blenheim International (Germany), a globally operating British exhibition organiser. She experienced both the merger of Blenheim International with Miller Freeman in 1996 as well as the take-over by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s biggest privately owned exhibition organiser. As Director (PSI) she has been a member of the extended board of Reed Exhibitions Germany since 2000 and has contributed to the positive development of new exhibition themes. In 2000 she was in charge of viscom (International Trade Fair for Visual Communication, Technology and Design) and PRO SiGN (International Trade Fair for Advertising Technology and Digital Printing).

Since 2009 she has been a member of Division Management at the German Engineering Association VDI (with nearly 150,000 members) where she is responsible for distribution and marketing as well as the recruitment of strategic partners. “I very much look forward to this new professional challenge and am confident that my excellent network in the technical-scientific world in conjunction with my international trade fair experience are the ideal basis for this,” concludes Sabine Geldermann.