Cologne-Paris, April 2021: Sonia Thomas, ex-Chief Operations Officer of UFI, the Global
Association of the Exhibition Industry, will join jwc GmbH as senior consultant.
Sonia, who has been part of the UFI team between 2006 and 2021, will join jwc GmbH, led by
UFI past President Jochen Witt, from 1st May 2021 onwards.
jwc is a leading consulting firm for the global exhibition and conference industry with offices in
Cologne, Germany, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Jochen Witt, previously President & CEO
of Koelnmesse, founded the organization in 2008, an organization that is based on four core
values: partnership (working with, not for clients), excellence (in terms of quality, professionalism,
and responsiveness), client success (customer centricity, focus on client needs) and value
creation (tangible, concrete results).
Jochen, President and CEO of jwc, comments: “We are extremely happy to welcome Sonia as
our new team member. It is of highest importance for our organization to work with people who
have the right fit in personality, professionalism and industry know-how. Sonia brings all of this
and much more to our team.
Sonia Thomas is delighted at being part of jwc: “I had the pleasure of working closely with Jochen
when he was UFI President in 2007: We share the same values and work ethic. I have also had
the pleasure of working with Gerd Weber and Jimé Essink, the other two members of the jwc
Board. I am delighted to remain part of this great industry – the exhibition industry – and will use
my know-how and extended experience for the benefit of our jwc clients. Our industry is on the
eve of recovery, and there is much to do to assist our clients as they embark on the road to a new
form of normality”.
Sonia Thomas has the equivalent of a master’s degree in team coaching (and is also certified in
executive coaching), and an honours degree in hospitality management. She is also a part-time
teacher at the renowned Dauphine University in Paris, and a team coach for the Master’s in
Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the HEC Business School in Paris.
You can reach Jochen by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or tel.: +49 221 27 25 89 60
You can reach Sonia by mail: email@example.com; or tel.: +33 769 87 37 70