Marius Berlemann moves to the top of ProWein as the new Global Head Wine & Spirits. Since May 2012 the leading international trade for wines and spirits had been headed by interim manager Michael Degen, Executive Director and member of the board at Messe Düsseldorf. From 1 March 2016 Marius Berlemann will now take over the position of Director and assume responsibility for the complete worldwide ProWein portfolio as Global Head Wine & Spirits. In this position he will report to Michael Degen, who is responsible for both ProWein and a number of other international trade fairs such as glasstec, drupa, A+A, EuroShop/EuroCIS, BEAUTY/TOP HAIR/mads but also for such high-profile public events as boot and Caravan Salon/Tour Natur.
Marius Berlemann joined Messe Düsseldorf as a trainee in 2010. In 2012 he became a Senior Project Manager. In this position he was in charge of growing the ProWein family in China (Shanghai) and South East Asia (Singapore) amongst other projects. At both locations Berlemann had already been working for the Messe Düsseldorf subsidiaries, Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai Ltd. and Messe Düsseldorf Asia Ltd., for several months. Before joining MD the 30-year old completed his Master's majoring in General Management at Witten/Herdecke University. ProWein on Course for Success Starting in 1994 with 321 exhibitors and approx. 1,500 visitors, ProWein has developed into what is the leading trade fair for the international wine and spirits industry today. At its latest edition in March 2015 to the tune of 6,000 exhibitors from some 50 countries met in Düsseldorf with 52,000 trade visitors from throughout the world. Since 2012 the rented exhibition space of ProWein has increased by 54% and visitor attendance by 28%. Since 2013 ProWine China has been held in Shanghai and from April 2016 the ProWein family of events will be extended to include ProWine Asia in Singapore. The next ProWein in Düsseldorf will be held from 13 to 15 March 2016.