Toni Ackermann is the new Head of Congresses, Conferences and Events at Koelncongress GmbH

06. May 2024 | Press releases

As of May 1, 2024, Toni Ackermann (35) is Head of Congresses, Conferences and Events at Koelncongress GmbH. He is responsible for the 9-person team as well as further development of the congresses, conferences and events unit, while assuming overall business responsibility for all event projects at the Koelnmesse Congress Centres and Confex, which will be opening in June.

Toni Ackermann started at Koelncongress in May 2022 as a manager in the Guest Events unit and has been working as a Project Manager for congresses, conferences and events with a focus on Confex since the autumn of 2023.

While earning his Bachelor of Arts in English and German Studies, he worked as a student trainee and intern at Leipziger Messe and subsequently at the communications agency Avantgarde, where he most recently held the position of Project Manager Brand Experience. While working, Ackermann completed a Master of Arts in Sales & Marketing.

"I am delighted to have Toni Ackermann, a very experienced and highly motivated event expert, take on this newly created position" says Mandy Pahl-Bauerfeind, Procurist I Senior Vice President of Koelncongress GmbH. "His extensive know-how in the congress, guest trade fair and event business are ideal prerequisites for further establishing our congress centres and, of course, the new Confex in the German and international event market, thus expanding our congress business."

"With the Confex in particular, we can offer our customers completely new event options, not only with regard to its capacity for up to 4,300 people, but also in terms of flexibility and technical equipment. Together with my team, I am looking forward to managing many exciting events of various formats in the Congress Centres and Confex," says Toni Ackermann.

About Koelncongress GmbH:
Koelncongress GmbH was founded in 1994 from the former Congress unit of Koelnmesse. Today, Koelncongress GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koelnmesse GmbH and, with more than 50 employees, serves as a full-service provider in four business segments: Guest Fairs, Congresses and Meetings, Corporate Events and Social Events.

Up to 30 guest trade fairs on the Koelnmesse trade fair grounds as well as an additional 1,700 events with around 1 million visitors take place each year at attractive locations in Cologne including the Gürzenich, the Tanzbrunnen, the Rheinterrassen, the Flora, the Koelnmesse Congress Centres and soon also in the multifunctional congress and event location Confex.

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