Klaus Kottmeier, 76, has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his role as publisher and honorary engagement in the media. Kottmeier, who is the supervisory board chairman of Deutscher Fachverlag Group in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, also the publishing house of Sportswear International, has worked for the company since 1969. Recognized over the years for promoting young talent and his focus on human resources development, Kottmeier also founded three non-profit foundations which he continues to preside over at the Deutscher Fachverlag Group. He is also the founder of Deutsche Fachpresse, which was established in 1992.

—Melanie Gropler