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Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, Germany
Born on 18th May, 1943. Traineeship in familiy firm (owned by father) in trade fair and convention management and organization. In 1966 he assumed the position of managing dirtector in the family firm, which developed into one of the leading private trade fair organizations. In 1974 Sepp D. Heckmann became founde and managing director of publishing house responsible for journal "Kunst und Antiquitäten", and was entrusted with the task of developing the company. Since 1981 he has been a menber of Board of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, with responsibility for international trade fairs, technology and architecture, as well as organization and data processing. In this capacity he contributed towards the development and realization of exhibition site development plan in the 1980s.
Sepp D. Heckmann has served as President of the Association iF - Industrie Forum Design Hannover (formerly if - Die gute Industrieform) since 1981. In this capacity he has been a driving force and protagonist behind the promotion of design at an international level. He has also been responsible fpr realization of design concepts and corporate philosophy and strategies for iF - Industrie Forum Deisgn Hannover, Deutsche Messe AG and Hannover Exhibition Grounds. Finally, Sepp D. Heckmann - a memeber of various advisory boards and supervisory boards for several companies and organizations - has been a memeber of Design Council Board of Management (Rat für Formgebung) since 1990. (1995)