Messe München International has named Igor Palka (29) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of bC Expo India Pvt. Ltd. and Deputy CEO of MMI India Pvt. Ltd. After a three month transition period, as of October 1, 2013 he will relieve Thomas Löffler (32) in both positions. As of November, Mr. Löffler will serve as an additional Deputy CEO at MMI Shanghai.
Igor Palka worked for Messe München while still a student and has remained loyal to the company ever since. After earning his degree in event management, he entered an extra-occupational program to study business administration. In 2011, Palka assumed responsibility for the majority of the exhibitors at the construction machinery exhibition bauma including acquisition and space allocation. Since then, he has represented bauma at fair-related presentations and negotiations with trade associations around the world.
Thomas Löffler studied business administration with an emphasis on trade-fair, convention and event management at Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education. While earning his BA, Löffler completed the practical phases of his program at Meplan, an exhibition-stand builder and subsidiary of Messe München. In 2005, moved to Messe München, where he became Exhibition Manager for bauma China in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed CEO of bC Expo India Pvt. Ltd. and Deputy CEO of MMI India Pvt. Ltd. As an additional Deputy CEO of MMI Shanghai, Mr. Löffler will be in charge of Finance and Controlling, International Sales and Business Development.