Dfv Chairman of the Supervisory Board Klaus Kottmeier celebrated his 85th birthday

Klaus Kottmeier
Klaus Kottmeier

Klaus Kottmeier, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of dfv Mediengruppe, celebrated his 85th birthday on 16 September. Under Kottmeier's aegis, the family-owned company in Frankfurt has developed into one of the largest independent specialist media houses in Germany and Europe, with an annual turnover of almost 145 million euros. No other publisher has more titles in the list of Germany's highest-circulation specialist magazines, and right from the start, he paid attention to paid content wherever he went.
The German specialist publisher is still in sole possession of the founding family Lorch. The main shareholder is Andreas Lorch, other shareholders are Catrin, Anette and Britta Lorch. Andreas and Catrin Lorch are also members of the company's supervisory board.
"Good journalism" and "independent technical information" are the recipe for success for Kottmeier - even in the Internet age. He does not see a media crisis as with the public media for well-made technical information. "The world has become more confusing, the future of one's own professional environment more uncertain. The knowledgeable description of contexts, classification and comments is more important than ever. The reasons to read our newspapers and magazines, to use our digital content and to attend our congresses are existential for our target groups. "
Kottmeier's career in dfv began in 1969 as the publishing director of the Lebensmittel Zeitung. In 1976 he was appointed managing director of the publishing group and was from 1981 to 2003, its spokesman. Since then he is chairman of the then newly created supervisory board. The primacy of journalistic content remained, successor as spokeswoman for the management is the long-time editor-in-chief of the Lebensmittel Zeitung, Angela Wisken.
Milestones in the history of the publishing house are connected with Kottmeier: With the acquisition of Sponholz-Verlag in 1978 and Alfred-Strothe-Verlag in 1983 with their gastronomic, meat and agricultural titles, the publishing group also found its way into new markets, as did the acquisition of the specialist newspaper for marketing , Advertising and Media HORIZONT 1986. Since 1990, the dfv publishes "fashion", the most important textiles magazine in Italy. The gradual acquisition of "Sportswear International" and the founding of new publishing houses in Eastern Europe pushed ahead with internationalization. In 1997 he joined the Manstein magazine publishing company in Vienna / Perchtoldsdorf. Since 2001, the Austrian publishing house is a 100 percent dfv subsidiary and the most important foreign company.
Kottmeier had already recognized the opportunities offered by internet technologies during a visit to the United States in the early 1990s and contributed significantly to making the digital services the growth engine of the dfv media group. In 1996, HORIZONT.NET launched one of the first regular online offers on the Internet German B2B media market. Meanwhile, digital news and research offerings contribute 13 percent to total sales.
As Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Kottmeier pushed ahead with the majority shareholding in IZ Immobilien Zeitung, Wiesbaden, as well as the complete takeover of Matthaes Verlag, Stuttgart, in which, among others, the AHGZ - Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung appears. Kottmeier also made a strong commitment to acquire the Maleki Communications Group in Frankfurt - today dfv Euro Finance Group - and the FVW Mediengruppe in Hamburg. For him, the need for professional communication remains the basis of the business, whether in printed or digital media or "face to face". The convention business under the dfv Conference Group brand is also one of the growth areas.
In 2009 Kottmeier received the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon. He is involved with great commitment, not only for the company itself, but also for the trade media as a whole as well as for the training and further education of young people. For many years, he was a member of the board of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (VDZ) and was the chairman of the Board responsible for the specialist journal section. From 1992 to 2000 he was spokesman for the German trade press, representing the interests of German specialist publishers, in whose founding he was significantly involved.
Three charitable industry foundations for the promotion of young talents were launched on Kottmeier's initiative. The Wilhelm Lorch Foundation, the Goldener Zuckerhut Foundation and the HORIZONT Foundation now have a foundation volume of around 5.25 million euros. To this day, Kottmeier sits on the board of all three foundations.
Klaus Kottmeier
Kottmeier was born in 1933 in Surabaya in Java. After studying law in Basel, Heidelberg, Berlin and Hamburg, he worked for seven years in Berlin and Hamburg as an authorized officer at the Weser-Kurier in Bremen, before moving to the Deujtscher Fachverlag, today's dfv Mediengruppe.


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