Uwe Fischer


Uwe Fischer joined the Management Board at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH as CEO in January 2018. Born in 1968 in Nordhorn, Lower Saxony, Mr. Fischer holds a university degree (MBA) in Business Administration. He has two daughters.

He enjoys spending as much of his spare time as possible with his family and friends and is a sports enthusiast. He is also interested in music, loves nature and tries to be outdoors as much as possible.

From 2013 until 2017 Uwe Fischer was Managing Director at SV Care Catering GmbH as well as Director of Strategic Projects at SV Group, a restaurant and hospitality management group. He had previously served in leadership positions at various other companies, including 14 years in the financial department of Unilever where he was CFO / Finance Director for Unilever Food Solutions with regional responsibility for the Low Countries and France.

Uwe Fischer studied Business Administration at Helmut Schmidt Universität in Hamburg. He started his professional career as an air force officer in the German armed forces (Bundeswehr).

Heiko M. Stutzinger


As of January 2024, Heiko M. Stutzinger is CEO at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Born in Troisdorf, Northrhine-Westphalia in 1974, he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He has one daughter.

He enjoys spending his free time outdoors, especially in the mountains, and is an enthusiastic snowboarder and hiker. While in northern Germany’s flatlands, he prefers tennis and golf.

Heiko Stutzinger studied Business Administration at EBS University for Business and Law at Oestrich-Winkel as well as in Argentina and at Berkeley/USA. Following positions in business consulting, he joined Messe Düsseldorf in 2008. In 2015 he was appointed Deputy General Manager at Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai, and in 2018 he additionally accepted the responsibilities of Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf China, working from Hong Kong. He changed to Royal Jaarbeurs | VNU Group in 2019, where he initially worked at the Bangkok office as Managing Director of VNU Asia Pacific. In December 2021 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Member of the Executive Board of Royal Jaarbeurs BV, The Netherlands.

Management Board CVs


Professional Experience:


Since 2018

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
Chief Executive Officer


2014 - 2017

SV (Deutschland) GmbH, Langenfeld
CEO of subsidiaries SV Care Catering GmbH and coavia GmbH & Co. KG, Head of Strategic Projects


2013 - 2014

SV (Deutschland) GmbH, Langenfeld
Integration Manager


2009 - 2013

Unilever Food Solutions Benelux & France, Rotterdam, Brussels and Paris
CFO / Finance Director – Benelux & France



Unilever Food Solutions, Rotterdam
Finance Director – Global Project Management Office


2003 - 2008

Unilever Food Solutions Europe, Rotterdam
Financial Controller


2001 - 2003

Unilever Bestfoods Deutschland GmbH, Hamburg
Overheads Controller & Bestfoods Integration Controller


1999 - 2001

Union Deutsche Lebensmittelwerke, Hamburg
Management Accountant


1996 - 1999

Der Stoff GmbH, Norderstedt
Managing Partner


1987 - 1996

German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr)
Air Force Officer / Air Traffic Control Officer





Academic Education:


1988 - 1991

Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg
Programme: Business Administration


Professional Experience:


Since 2024

Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
Chief Executive Officer


2021 - 2023

Royal Jaarbeurs | VNU Group, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Group COO and Member of the Executive Board


2019 - 2022

Jaarbeurs B.V., Utrecht, The Netherlands
Director VIV worldwide / Managing Director VNU Europe


2019 - 2021

VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand
Managing Director & Member of the Board of Directors


2018 - 2019

Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd., Hong Kong, China
Deputy Managing Director


2015 - 2019

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China
Deputy General Manager


2012 - 2015

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Düsseldorf
Head of New Product Development Group – Renewable Energy Fairs


2012 - 2013

Bundesverband Energiespeicher e.V. (BVES), Berlin
Member of the Executive Board and Deputy Financial Officer


2008 - 2012

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Düsseldorf
Account Manager


2003 - 2008

Stutzinger & Kollegen, Düsseldorf
Founder and CEO


2000 - 2003

Monitor Deloitte Strategy, Munich (Corporate Consultancy)
Consultant / Project Manager





Academic Education:


Since 2019

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leipzig
Doctoral Candidate in HHL PhD programme, supervisor: Prof Dr Kirchgeorg
Research project on Customer Experience at Industry Fairs


1995 - 2000

EBS University for Business and Law at Oestrich-Winkel
Academic programme: Business Administration including Foreign Languages



University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.
International semester within the international “Professional Diploma Program”



Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
International semester, focusing on psychology and communication


Photo credits:
Header: © Hamburg Messe und Congress / Jürgen Nerger
Photos: © Hamburg Messe und Congress / Michael Zapf