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Heiko M. Stutzinger has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Member of the Executive Board of international venue and event organizer Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs|VNU Group, as of December 1, 2021.

Based in the Jaarbeurs head office in Utrecht, Mr. Stutzinger will contribute to the organization’s ambitious post-pandemic growth strategy, which underpins the company’s commitment to sustainability, digital and technological innovation, employee wellbeing and overall business growth.

As COO, Stutzinger will be responsible for the Jaarbeurs’ high-profile national shows portfolio, guest and partner events, venue management and strategic business development. He will retain his current position as member of the Board of Directors of VNU Asia Pacific, as well as lead the VIV worldwide Agribusiness event series, currently staged in eight countries around the world.

Albert Arp, CEO of the Jaarbeurs|VNU Group: “We are thrilled to welcome Heiko. He joins us at an exciting and crucial moment, as we accelerate the implementation of our business strategy in response to the upcoming rapidly changing market. Over the past 18 months, the event and hospitality industry has been challenged by the global pandemic. Now it is time to push our business forward in an innovative and sustainable way with a strong commitment to safety. Heiko’s extensive experience and outstanding capability in new business development and digital transformation is an invaluable contribution to that. In South East Asia, he has achieved great results over the past three years.”

Jaarbeurs|VNU Group COO, Heiko M. Stutzinger, added: “I’m delighted to join Jaarbeurs at this pivotal time in the business and work full-speed to deliver the visionary roadmap ahead, whilst evolving the company’s credentials as the leading sustainable venue and event operator in Europe.”

In his new role, Stutzinger will succeed Peter van der Veer, who joined the Group in 2019 for a period of two years. Mr. Van der Veer will hand over from his position in November.

Arp added: “We are very thankful to Peter, who has been a highly valued partner in the past two years. He brought a lot of creativity to our team and introduced us to new markets.”

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