IFA Changes Leadership For 2022 Trade Show

Messe Berlin has appointed David Ruetz and Kai Mangelberger as the new dual heads of IFA 2022. This team replaces the previous IFA leadership of Jens Heithecker and Dirk Koslowski.  As head of ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, David Ruetz has broad knowledge of developing successful global B2B projects. As an experienced international communications expert, Ruetz has been in charge of ITB at Messe Berlin since 2002. During this period, he contributed decisively to transforming the trade show into a global brand. During the pandemic, ITB was able to drive forward digitalisation to create a key platform for the global tourism community.

IFA New Management: David Ruetz (l.) und Kai Mangelberger (r.)

As Senior Vice President of IFA 2022, over the coming months Mr. Ruetz will be IFA’s main contact for the market’s key players. “I will be able to rely on the expertise of the IFA project team. My colleagues have been familiar with this market for many years and in the past have repeatedly shown that Messe Berlin knows how to do live events. Here in the Berlin we are offering our international visitors a platform for good business, networking and a good overview of trends.”

David Ruetz will share the team leadership role with Kai Mangelberger, Director of IFA 2022. Mr. Mangelberger has more than 20 years of expertise in managing events. Previously Mangelberger supervised the transport technology trade fair InnoTrans, most recently as its deputy director, before last year taking over as head of FRUIT LOGISTICA, the leading trade fair for the global fruit trade. In April, FRUIT LOGISTICA successfully reopened for business after pausing due to the pandemic. As the first large international event to take place live, it brought exhibitors and trade visitors from over 130 countries back to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

IFA is the largest European trade show for the consumer technology industry, held annually in Berlin, Germany.  “As the world’s leading trade fair for consumer and home electronics, we are ready to give the industry the right platform for reopening business“, said Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH. “With David Ruetz and Kai Mangelberger we have appointed a strong dual leadership, who together with the IFA team, will successfully manage the countdown over the coming months.”

IFA 2022 takes place in Berlin from 2-6 September.