Catja Caspary, who currently serves as VP of trade fair management at Koelnmesse, the show organiser behind such events as imm cologne and interzum, has been appointed VP of marketing communications, assuming responsibility for Koelnmesse's event-related customer and media relations. Her predecessor Jochen Dosch is leaving the company after 22 years' service, to pursue new professional challenges.

Catja, who has been with the company since 2012, already worked as a manager in marketing communications before her current position in trade fair management, so is familiar with the requirements of the job. In addition to her new responsibility, she will initially maintain her role as VP of trade fair management, overseeing a portfolio which includes spoga+gafa, International Hardware Fair, Asia-Pacific Sourcing, h+h cologne and spoga horse. She will continue to report to COO Oliver Frese, who says: "With these changes, effective immediately, we are addressing the needs of our future customer and market-focused portfolio development. We look forward to continuing to work with Ms Caspary and wish her every success in her new role. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Dosch for his successful and dedicated work over the past 22 years with Koelnmesse and wish him all the best for his personal and professional future."