A new director is taking over spoga horse, the leading international trade fair for equestrian sports. From June onward, Ines Rathke will be leaving Koelnmesse to pursue new professional challenges. She will be handing over her tasks as director to Dr. Maria Näther.
"We sincerely thank Ines Rathke for her successful commitment to spoga horse over the past years and wish her every success for the future," stated Catja Caspary, vice president Koelnmesse. "In Dr. Maria Näther, we have found an industry-experienced successor, who at the same time is also well-acquainted with the needs of our customers."
Näther has a doctorate in agricultural economics and already accompanied the organization and operation of equestrian sports events prior to joining Koelnmesse. In her capacity as VIP account manager, she has been developing the TOP visitor management of the food and foodtec trade fairs of Koelnmesse since 2016. She will be able to fall back on this expertise in her new role as director, because effective matchmaking is gaining more and more significance in an increasingly digitalized world.