Kerstin Horaczek (pictured) has been appointed group show director of Messe Frankfurt, with effect from 1 September this year. She will be responsible for events worldwide in the textile care, safety, security & fire, food technologies, cleaning & cleanroom technologies and environmental technologies industry sectors.

A graduate in business management, Kerstin Horaczek began her career at Messe Frankfurt in 2001 as part of a dual work and study programme. Following this, she worked in the mergers and 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 Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, senior vice president of technology at Messe Frankfurt and will continue to do so in her new position.

Kerstin Horaczek is to take over from Ruth Lorenz, who is retiring in September after 27 years at Messe Frankfurt, 21 of which in managerial positions.