Messe Stuttgart India mourns the loss of MD and CEO

Messe Stuttgart India has announced “with profound sadness” the sudden passing of its managing director and CEO, Sachin Patil on 21 May, 2024.

A statement from the company paid tribute: “Mr Patil's unexpected demise leaves a deep void within the organisation. His leadership and unwavering dedication to Messe Stuttgart India were instrumental in shaping the company’s trajectory in India and propelling it towards continued success.

“As a true visionary leader, Mr Patil possessed an unparalleled understanding of the Indian trade fair industry. His passion and enthusiasm were contagious, inspiring not only his colleagues but also the wider business community. Under his guidance, Messe Stuttgart India established itself as a leading force within the industry, consistently exceeding expectations and forging strong relationships with exhibitors, visitors, and partners alike.

“Mr Patil's commitment extended far beyond the walls of Messe Stuttgart India. He was a champion for collaboration and innovation, actively contributing to the advancement of the trade fair industry. His absence will be deeply felt not just by our company but by the entire industry he so passionately served.

“In this time of immense grief, our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with Mr Patil's family and loved ones. We offer them our deepest condolences and unwavering support. May his soul find eternal peace.”

Roland Bleinroth, CEO and president of Messe Stuttgart, Germany expressed his condolences: “The passing of Sachin Patil is a significant loss to the industry and all who had the privilege of working with him. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Sachin Patil was visionary leader with 18+ years in trade fair industry in India. He led Messe Stuttgart India as MD and CEO. His experience spanned founding Messe India and holding leadership roles at India Art Fair, Messe Düsseldorf India, Bloomberg TV, and Reliance Broadcast Network. He contributed to shaping the future of the Indian exhibition industry by creating impactful platforms that fostered collaboration, growth, and meaningful partnerships across industries. 

Numerous industry tributes were left on the Messe Stuttgart India social media pages. Ravinder Sethi, chairman and MD at R.E. Rogers India, said: “Having known him for years, one could see the joy in what he was achieving. A rising star just went dark.”