Spielwarenmesse supervisory board elects new chairman, Axel Kaldenhoven

Spielwarenmesse’s supervisory board has elected a new chairman in the form of Axel Kaldenhoven.

A member of the board since 2005 and CEO of Schmidt Spiele, Kaldenhoven succeeds Hans Ulrich Remfert who is now entering retirement. The announcement was made at Spielwarenmess’s annual general meeting in Baden-Baden earlier this month.

The role of vice chairman is still held by Thomas Mersch from Andrea Moden and the number of members on the supervisory board has now been reduced from ten to nine.

Having reached the end of their term, Beate Becker (Heless GmbH), Frank R. Schneider (Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG) and Britta Sieper (Sieper GmbH) stood for re-election and were all confirmed in office.

Paul Heinz Bruder (Bruder Spielwaren GmbH & Co. KG), Hans Jörg Iden (Iden), Dr. Rainer Noch (Noch GmbH & Co. KG) and Uwe Weiler (Simba Dickie Group GmbH) complete the supervisory board.

They are supported by honorary members Volker Sieper and Dieter Hahne.

Together with Ernst Kick, CEO of Spielwarenmesse eG, Hahne praised Remfert and thanked him for his many years of service. The former head of Revell was elected onto the supervisory board in 2000 and took over as chairman in 2012.

His successor Kaldenhoven wishes to continue his constructive work on the Board: “I would like to thank my colleagues for placing their trust in me and I look forward to our representing the interests of our cooperative whilst keeping the ever-changing market firmly in our sights.”

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