UFI selects future President from Germany for 2016-2017 term Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Board at Deutsche Messe AG

At its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the UFI Board of Directors announced a new UFI Presidential Trio for the 2015-2016 term of office. The team will comprise: • Sergey Alexeev (ExpoForum-International Ltd., Russian Federation), President 2015-2016; • Andreas Gruchow, (Deutsche Messe AG), Incoming President; • Andrés Lopez-Valderrama (Corferias, Colombia), Outgoing President. This decision becomes effective at the conclusion of the 82nd UFI Annual Congress, held in Milan from 4 – 7 November 2015. Andreas Gruchow has proved to be a major force within the UFI Executive Committee since joining it in 2011, and has been very much involved in helping to drive the overall strategy of the association. As UFI Incoming President, Andreas Gruchow will work closely with the UFI President and Outgoing President as part of the Presidential Trio, managing the association at the highest level and making important decisions for the benefit of all UFI members. Andreas Gruchow acknowledged the importance of this new role, adding: “I am delighted to have been elected as the 2017 UFI President. The UFI Board of Directors and all the members of UFI can rely on me to do my utmost to take UFI even further than where we are today. I am 100% dedicated to our global network of UFI and invested in UFI, and in our industry. UFI has a unique global position in the industry and is well-positioned to address the key issues affecting our members all over the world.”