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Peter Kraus vom Cleff to become new Managing Director of the Börsenverein

Peter Kraus vom Cleff (53) will become the new Managing Director of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) as of 1 January 2022.
Erstellt am 14.04.2021

Peter Kraus vom Cleff (53) will become the new Managing Director of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) as of 1 January 2022. He succeeds Alexander Skipis (66), whose contract ends after more than 15 years of service. The decision in favour of Mr. Kraus vom Cleff was made unanimously by the Börsenverein's Board of Directors.

"We are delighted that by appointing Peter (Kraus vom Cleff), we have been able to enlist an outstanding leader in the book industry for this position of responsibility. Together with him, we aim on the one hand to stay on track in these challenging times, whilst on the other hand finding new compelling solutions to the challenges posed by digitalization and the Corona crisis", explains Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, Chairwoman of the Börsenverein. "I would like to thank Alexander (Skipis) for his many years of successful service to the association. He has played a major role in ensuring that the voice of the German book industry is heard both nationally and internationally."
Mr. Kraus vom Cleff said regarding his new role: "It is a great honour for me to succeed Alexander Skipis. It is a great endeavour to continue the Börsenverein's rich and successful tradition and at the same time to take up new socio-political and technological trends in order to make the cultural asset that is the book, fit for the future. However, it is an undertaking that I look forward to with respect and confidence in a successful collaboration with the highly-qualified team of the Börsenverein and its many voluntary supporters.”

Peter Kraus vom Cleff was active in various publishing houses of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group for more than 20 years, most recently managing Rowohlt Verlag as Commercial Director since 2008. Before entering the book industry, the Wuppertal-born qualified economist worked for five years in foreign and group controlling at Mannesmann-Demag AG. In 1999, he began working for the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group, initially in controlling and project management in the area of trade publishing. From 2002 he also became Commercial Managing Director of Kindler Verlag, and from 2004 to 2008 was also Managing Director of Hanseatische Gesellschaft für Verlagsservice mbH. In the Börsenverein, he has been Deputy Chairman of the Publishers Committee since 2012. He has been involved in the European Publishers' Association FEP in an official capacity since 2017, and was elected its President in 2020. Peter Kraus vom Cleff is married and has two grown-up children.

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Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) represents the interests of Germany's book industry in the political and public spheres. Founded in 1825, it currently has roughly 4,500 members, including booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and other media companies. Börsenverein runs the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, awards the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the German Book Prize and the German Non-Fiction Prize and works continuously to foster reading and to defend the right to freedom of expression.



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