The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group, which runs Baselworld. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. The Group says that Ritter decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show: "After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges", says Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision.
MCH Group says that the members of the 'Comité Consultatif' very much regret Sylvie Ritter's departure and would like to thank her for her strategic positioning of the show in a manner commensurate with the market and for the always excellent organisation of Baselworld in operational terms. "Sylvie Ritter has made her mark on Baselworld for decades," says François Thiébaud, President of the Swiss Exhibitors' Committee. Eric Bertrand, President of the Baselworld Exhibitors' Committee, also stressed that "we have always appreciated her exceptional commitment and her excellent knowledge of the industry." The departure of Sylvie Ritter is also greatly regretted within the MCH Group. "She has shaped and directed Baselworld with great passion and professionalism," says CEO René Kamm. "We very much regret her departure and I would like to thank her on behalf of the entire MCH Group for her extraordinary commitment during her many years of activity within our company."
Taking the reins for Ritter is Michel Loris-Melikoff, who joined the MCH Group three years ago as Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA. Loris-Melikoff is a 53-year-old lawyer who started his career in private banking, before switching to entering the event industry 20 years ago. "We will be expanding the Baselworld team and further developing the event to continue along the path of quality enhancement and to meet the challenges of the future", explains Michel Loris-Melikoff. "We will also be setting new accents so as to position Baselworld as the leading marketing and communication platform for the industry. We are tackling this task with a large number of new ideas and with valuable inputs from exhibitors, visitors and the media."