In advance of IFA 2022, Messe Berlin has appointed David Ruetz and Kai Mangelberger as the new dual heads of IFA 2022. This team replaces the previous IFA leadership of Jens Heithecker and Dirk Koslowski.

“IFA will be even stronger when it returns in September. Our preparations are well underway. The market’s expectations are high. As the world’s leading trade fair for consumer and home electronics, we are ready to give the industry the right platform for reopening business“, said Martin Ecknig, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH.

“With David Ruetz and Kai Mangelberger we have appointed a strong dual leadership, who together with the IFA team will successfully manage the countdown over the coming months.”

As head of ITB Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, David Ruetz has a broad knowledge of developing successful global B2B projects. As an experienced international communications expert, he has been in charge of ITB at Messe Berlin since 2002. During this period he contributed to transforming the trade show into a global brand. During the pandemic, ITB was successfully able to drive forward digitalisation, and created a main platform for the global tourism community.

As Senior Vice President of IFA 2022, Mr Ruetz will be the main contact for the market’s key players. “I will be able to rely on the expertise of the IFA project team. My colleagues have been familiar with this market for many years and in the past have repeatedly shown that Messe Berlin knows how to do live events. Here in the capital, we are offering our international visitors a platform for good business, networking and a good overview of trends.”

David Ruetz will share the team leadership role with Kai Mangelberger, Director of IFA 2022. Mr Mangelberger has more than 20 years of expertise in managing events. During this time he supervised the leading transport technology trade fair InnoTrans, most recently as its deputy director, before last year taking over as head of FRUIT LOGISTICA, the leading trade fair for the global fruit trade. In April, FRUIT LOGISTICA successfully reopened for business after pausing due to the pandemic. As the first large international event to take place live, it brought exhibitors and trade visitors from over 130 countries back to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.