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After 25 years, Ralph Wiegmann hands over the management of iF International Forum Design GmbH to Uwe Cremering on 1 June 2021
The change of leadership in the management of iF International Forum Design GmbH (iF Design) has been initiated: Uwe Cremering, the designated managing director (50), already joined the company on 1 April 2021 to then officially take over this position on 1 June 2021, when Ralph Wiegmann (64) ends his activities as managing director of iF Design and its subsidiaries on 31 May 2021.
For many years, Uwe Cremering was part of the management team of the PRO Division of Sennheiser electronic, one of the world's most important headphone and microphone manufacturers. Since 2001, in various positions ranging from Head of New Media and Director Global Marketing Communications to Director AMBEO Immersive Audio and Managing Director of the subsidiary Dear Reality, he has been instrumental in driving forward developments in the 3D audio business. From the beginning of his career, starting in 1998 as Project Leader New Media for the EXPO 2000 in Hannover, the topics of digitalization, transformation, business development, innovation and design have been at the center of his successful entrepreneurial activities.
"We are very pleased that after an international search we have found a successor for Ralph Wiegmann in Uwe Cremering. His competencies correspond exactly to the profile that we see as decisive for this position in the coming years. With him, we are ensuring that the position we have built up in recent years as a leading international design institution will be further expanded," explains iF Design Foundation chairman of the board Christoph Böninger.
"With Ralph Wiegmann, an excellent authority and an outstanding networker on the international design scene is leaving the company at the end of May. It is thanks to him that iF Design has been able to develop and establish itself as a leading global design institution over the past 25 years. We at the iF Design Foundation Board would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his worldwide, sustainable work, with which he has positioned iF Design as a reliable leader for internationally renowned design competitions," says Christoph Böninger, once again placing special emphasis on the many years of successful cooperation.
iF International Forum Design GmbH, based in Hannover, is one of the world's leading independent design institutions. It has hosted the iF DESIGN AWARD every year since 1954. With around 10,000 submissions from around 60 countries every year, it is one of the largest and most prestigious design awards in the world. iF has subsidiaries in China, the Republic of China Taiwan and the Republic of Korea. There are also representative offices in Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Turkey. The iF Design Foundation is the sole shareholder of iF International Forum Design GmbH.