By  on December 16, 2011

John Gallagher, most recently senior vice president at E.J. Krause & Associates Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based exhibition and conference management company, will become chief executive officer of Messe Frankfurt Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the German trade show giant.

Gallagher begins on Feb. 1, succeeding David Audrain, and will be based in the company’s Atlanta headquarters. He will oversee Messe Frankfurt’s U.S. events, including Texworld USA in New York and Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas in Atlanta, as well as key account management of U.S. customers taking part in trade fairs in Frankfurt and at the company’s other locations around the world.

Gallagher said he looked forward to “developing business in North and Central America as part of the German trade fair organizer with the strongest international presence, thereby also helping to expand Messe Frankfurt’s global network.”

Messe Frankfurt, with sales this year of 457 million euros, or about $594 million at current exchange, has 1,769 employees worldwide working in its global network of 28 subsidiaries, five branch offices and 52 international sales partners, giving it a presence in more than 150 countries. It produces trade exhibitions and other events in some 30 locations around the globe. In 2011, Messe Frankfurt organized 101 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

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