London (UK) / Mannheim (GER), February 2020 - CloserStill, the London-based exhibition and conference organiser, has announced its acquisition of the German exhibition organiser spring Messe, which operates the Zukunft Personal trade show series for the HR sector. spring Messe was a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG. Terms were not disclosed.
Zufunft Personal Europe is one of Europe’s largest annual events for the human resources sector, with an audience of 20,000 HR professionals and an exhibition in excess of 12,500m2 of sold space. The Zukunft Personal events join CloserStill’s corporate learning and development global event network, which includes Online Educa (OEB – Berlin), Learning Technologies in London and Paris, DevLearn (Las Vegas), and Learning (Orlando).
Zukunft Personal Europe is held annually in September and takes place in Cologne, with two further regional events taking place in the spring in Hamburg and Stuttgart.
spring Messe operations will continue to be based in the existing office in Mannheim and becomes the hub for CloserStill’s future German activities. CloserStill also operates its successful veterinary, corporate learning and development, and technology event brands in Germany.
Christiana Nagler, director of Zukunft Personal, commented, "Now being part of CloserStill and its large global network of learning and HR technology events, we are excited about the future growth potential."
Alexia Maycock, CMO of CloserStill added, "With Zukunft Personal now part of our growing global learning network, we are excited about the expansion and growth opportunities ahead. Zukunft Personal is a very impressive, high-quality event series, and we’re delighted to have the team behind it become part of the growing CloserStill family as we look to further expand our presence across our European markets."
"We are delighted to have found a new home for spring Messe and our colleagues in Mannheim. We have no doubt the shows and the team at spring Messe will continue to thrive under new the ownership," said Jochen Koeckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG.
Under the reorganisation at spring Messe, CloserStill’s Astrid Jaeger will join the management team in Mannheim.