Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, can look back on more than 20 years of experience in the international trade fair business.
Gerald Böse was born in Munich in 1962. After studying business management at Munich University of Applied Sciences, he started his career in the trade fair business in 1989 as a trainee at the Messe München trade fair company. He subsequently served the company as a member of the administration team and a project manager. In the process, he got to know the trade fair business in all its facets — including trade fair marketing, trade fair services, and conference management — and gained initial experience in international operations. As head of the project group M.O.C. (Münchener Order Center für Sport und Mode / Munich’s Order Center for Sport and Fashion) he made initial contact with the fashion business.
Böse remained closely connected with the fashion sector while working at IGEDO in Düsseldorf from 1992 to 2005. Here he began as an assistant to the management and later as Managing Director he was also responsible for the subsidiaries in Italy, China, and the UK. In addition to fashion, he established new trade fair themes at the company. One of these was digital marketing, and the resulting leading trade fair for this sector became firmly established in Düsseldorf for many years.
In 2005 Böse became the Speaker of the Management Board of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH and joined the management board of Neue Messe Karlsruhe.
Gerald Böse has been the CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH in Cologne since March 1, 2008. In 2010 he initiated a comprehensive efficiency-boosting programme and completed a thorough reorganization of the company. Under his management, 2013 became the year with the highest turnover and profits to date in the company's history. In the Cologne context, Böse advocates the integration of trade fair themes into the life of the city and the region, as well as joint destination management to promote the city as a trade fair and business location.
In June 2008 Böse was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA). Since December 2009 he has had a seat in the General Assembly of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In June 2010 he was elected to the executive body of the German-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. After serving as the Deputy Chairman of the European Chapter of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) for several years, he was elected as the chapter’s Chairman in July 2014. His mandate will commence in October 2014. As a result, Gerald Böse is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the UFI.
Gerald Böse is married and has two sons.