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November 19, 2018


Koelnmesse has terminated the cooperation with its COO, Katharina C. Hamma, who was responsible for the operational management of all of the company’s events of Koelnmesse, with immediate effect.

Koelnmesse dismisses Katharina C. Hammas

At its meeting on 16 November, the Supervisory Board of Koelnmesse, the German organizer of trade shows including photokina, decided to terminate the working relationship with Managing Director Katharina C. Hamma (52) with immediate effect. As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hamma was responsible for the operational management of all Koelnmesse events. The supervisory board had made the decision „in light of differing views on the future strategic direction of the company," Koelnmesse said in a press release. Until further notice, Koelnmesse's CEO, Gerald Böse, has assumed Hamma's previous responsibilities.


As early as November 7, the Cologne Newspaper Kölner Stadtanzeiger had reported on disagreements in the management of Koelnmesse, which had affected the relationship between Böse and CFO Herbert Marner on the one hand and Hamma on the other. Since Hamma, whose contract provides for an employment until 2021, did not agree to the Supervisory Board's desire for a mutually agreed termination, the Board had appointed the management and some members of the Supervisory Board to negotiate an agreement to avoid the unilateral termination of Hamma’s contract by Koelnmesse. The tune of the press realease, which does not contain any word of thanks or recognition for Hamma’s work, indicates that this goal could not be accomplished. Katharina C. Hamma, who holds a diploma as an Engineer, was appointed to the management of Koelnmesse in 2011 to take over the newly created COO position. Previously, she was an authorized signatory at Messe München.

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