Management of the Leipziger Messe

The Leipziger Messe Group of Companies works coherently towards success. This requires optimal organisation in our project and business departments and throughout the five subsidiaries, as well as stable and long-sighted management with consistent leadership principles.

Find out more about the management, supervisory board and our shareholders.

Chief Executive Officers of the Leipziger Messe

The Chief Executive Officers of the Leipziger Messe are Martin Buhl-Wagner (spokesman) and Markus Geisenberger.

To ensure responsible conduct in compliance with the law, the management and all employees of the Leipziger Messe Group of Companies are committed to a common code of conduct .

Martin Buhl-Wagner, Chief Executive Officer

Martin Buhl-Wagner was appointed Managing Director of Leipziger Messe GmbH and its subsidiaries FAIRNET GmbH and Leipziger Messe Gastveranstaltungen GmbH in 2008. He has been spokesman for the executive board at Leipziger Messe and CEO of the subsidiary fairgourmet GmbH since 2010.

Mr Buhl-Wagner holds a degree in industrial engineering from the TU Berlin. After working as a teacher, he took up project management for the Leipziger Messe Group of Companies in 1995. From 2000 he served as head of administration at the MEDICA Clinic for Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Leipzig, and from 2002 to 2008 served as authorised signatory for the operational management of Leipziger Messe's subsidiary FAIRNET Gesellschaft für Messe-, Ausstellungs- und Veranstaltungsservice mbH.

Martin Buhl-Wagner is a board member of the AUMA Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (Ausstellungs- und Messe-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft), a member of the supervisory board of the European Metropolitan Region of Central Germany (Europäischen Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland) and a member of the executive committee of the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). He is also Chairman of the Friends and Sponsors of the University of Leipzig (Universitätsgesellschaft Freunde und Förderer der Universität Leipzig) and a member of the Supervisory Board of Leipzig Tourist Service in addition to further business commitments.

Martin Buhl-Wagner was born in Annaberg-Buchholz in 1966. He is married and father to one daughter.

Photos of Martin Buhl-Wagner are available for download from the Leipzig Trade Fair photo service .

Markus Geisenberger, Chief Executive Officer

Markus Geisenberger has held the position of CEO at Leipziger Messe GmbH since 2010. He is also Managing Director of the subsidiaries LMI Leipziger Messe International GmbH and MAXiCOM GmbH Euro-Asia Business Center.

Markus Geisenberger has a degree in cultural studies from the Universities of Passau and Angers (France) as well as holding an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He acquired his experience in the trade fair and congress business while working in export promotion and international event management. As one of the founding members of Bayern International GmbH, he was responsible for trade fair projects worldwide. He worked in business development at Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover and held various management positions at Messe München GmbH. His last role in Munich was as business division manager for international technology trade fairs.

Markus Geisenberger represents German trade fair companies on the Association Committee at the ufi Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. He is on the board of trustees of the Industrieverein Sachsen 1848 and the advisory board of the Marketing Club Leipzig e.V. As well as being an active member of several business and academic associations.

Markus Geisenberger was born in Grafenau in 1967. He is married and has two children.

Photos of Markus Geisenberger are available for download from the Leipzig Trade Fair photo service .

Leipziger Messe Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board currently comprises 16 members with voting rights. The chair of the Supervisory Board alternates every two years between the City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony.

Members of the Supervisory Board  
Burkhard JungMayor of Leipzig
(Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Martin DuligState Minister,
Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
(Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Dr Reinhold Festgepersonally liable Managing Partner,
Prof Dr Gesine GrandePresident Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Nina HugendubelManaging Partner,
H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG
Thomas KralinskiState Secretary,
Saxon State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
Martin MeißnerMember of the parliamentary party Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen
at the City Council of Leipzig
Walter MennekesManaging Partner,
Mennekes Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG
Dr Arend OetkerManaging Director,
Dr. Arend Oetker Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Sören PellmannMember of the German Bundestag,
Chairman of the parliamentary party DIE LINKE in the Leipzig City Council
Bodo RodestockMember of the Executive Board
of VNG AG - Verbundnetz Gas AG
Frank TornauChairman of the parliamentary party CDU in the Leipzig City Council
Hartmut VorjohannState Minister, Saxon State Ministry for Finances
Employees' Representatives of the Supervisory Board: 
Kerstin Falkowski-TollertChairwoman of the Works Council of Leipziger Messe GmbH
Katharina GroßEmployees' Representative of Leipziger Messe GmbH
Frank HercherVice Chairman of the Works Council of Leipziger Messe GmbH
 Version: 01.01.2023


The following are shareholders in Leipziger Messe GmbH
Free State of Saxony holds 50% of the equity shares.
City of Leipzig holds 50% of the equity shares.