+++ new from 2018, before "ControllerPreis - Controller Award" +++ presenting at the ICV Congress of Controllers, Munich +++ applications in German or English from any country, industry or company size are welcome! +++

ICV Controlling Excellence Award

Invitation to participation at the ICV Controlling Excellence Award 2020 (by 31.1.2020)

Dear Sir or Madame,

at the 45th Congress of Controllers on April 27/28, 2020 the ICV Controlling Excellence Award of the International Association of Controllers (ICV) will be given. The ICV Controlling Excellence Award awards the exemplary controlling work in companies and other organizations every year.

I’d like to invite you to apply for the ICV Controlling Excellence Award by January 31, 2020 with your controlling solution. Compete for the Award and send your application so that it could be judged by our Jury! 

The ICV Controlling Excellence Award 2020 will be given by the international Jury with  Prof. Dr. Andreas Seufert, Hillert Onnen (both German), Roland Iff (Switzerland) and Mag. Hubert Tretter (Austria) led by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber. The image of the ICV as the first controlling competence address is strengthened by the ICV Controlling Excellence Award. The winner receives also 3.000 EUR. The Jury is really curious how many solutions will be submitted for 2020.

I’m looking forward to many interesting projects, the competent decisions of the Jury and the happy winner. I wish much success to all of the participants! 

Heimo Losbichler

Chairman of the International Association of Controllers

Registration documents

Download the word document and provide detailed information about your controlling project:

  • The situation before start and after completion
  • occasion
  • goals
  • execution
  • involved people

  • experience
  • What contribution has the project made to the company success?

In addition, please send us a 10- to 15-page presentation, in which you will present the project to our Jury briefly and succinctly.

Attach your complete application

  1. the completed questionnaire (see below, download there)
  2. the project presentation you have created individually

Both together go to the ICV Office, Carmen Zillmer (contact details on this page).

Your application - step by step

  • Fill out the questionnaire (download left).
  • Briefly present your project in a presentation (for example Powerpoint). 10 to 15 pages
  • You can send the completed application plus presentation by e-mail or post to Carmen Zillmer, ICV Office (contact information on this page). Please announce your application by e-mail or telephone
  • The Jury evaluates the received documents.
  • In the beginning / middle March 2020 we will inform you about the status of your application
  • Three nominees nominated for the ICV Controlling Excellence Award will be invited to the 2020 Controller Congress. It will take place on April 27/28, 2020 in Munich. As a nominee, you can visit the two-day Controller Congress with your presentation team without paying the participation fee. Only the accommodation costs are to be borne by you. The ICV is responsible for the catering, you are our guest
  • The Award will be given on the first day of the event - Monday, April 27, 2020. The honoring of the winner is traditionally the highlight of the Congress. The winner presents their work to the audience (about 600 visitors). The lecture should take about 45 minutes.
  • The work of the other nominees will also be mentioned in the context of the event. All nominees and the winners receive a certificate. The winner will also receive 3.000 EUR.

Sponsors of the 2020 Award

Controller Award: Become a sponsor!

If you are a sponsor of the ICV Controller Award, you will have your logo published on all Controller Award marketing materials.

It includes an advertisement in the print media FINANCE, Treasurer and Controller-Magazin, "Controller's e-News", ICV website as well as specific area on the homepage of the partners as Horváth & Partners and EBS-University and of course on the agenda of the 41st Controller Congress 2017.

If you have question please contact the ICV Office.

The Jury

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Frequently asked questions - ICV Controlling Excellence Award

Does really everyone have an opportunity at the ICV Controlling Excellence Award - or do only the well-known companies win anyway? Don't I betray my company's secrets, in the worst case scenario even to the competitors? These and other questions answers the Chairman of the Juty, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Jürgen Weber:

What reputation has the Award in the controlling and management community?

Weber: I do not have statistically reliable data. From many company contacts, I know that the Award is known among the controllers and is considered difficult to achieve. On the manager side, we can however certainly add in terms of awareness.

What exactly does the required "exemplary controlling work" mean?

Weber: Exemplary controlling work is one that can give other controllers impetus for a concrete improvement of their controlling. In most cases, the solutions are innovative, show new ways. Important to us is the practical feasibility. We do not focus on brilliant theoretical solutions. It is also important to us that controlling has become more efficient and / or more effective, not only in the opinion of the controllers, but also the managers.

How can the applicant prove their "exemplary controlling work"?

Weber: When does a controller believe a manager's plan? The Jury must understand the solution that has been worked out, and recognize the advantages over the status quo ante. The solution must be plausible and understandable. It certainly does no harm if the submitted documents are designed with sufficient care, if one sees that the applicants apply themselves to the Award. As in every-day controller’s life, here in the application a few basic elements should be covered, for which we have also put a proposal on the net. The rest is quasi freestyle, left to the discretion of the applicant. It has to “fit". In any case, as a Jury we do not want to read long novels. "To get to the point", helps both sides!

I am afraid to reveal secrets of success with my presentation!

Weber: I know the argument, but I think it is completely inaccurate. The ICV Excellence Award is not about awarding magic formulas for corporate success, which can be copied 1: 1. It is mostly about organizational innovations that are deeply embedded in the context of the respective company. Even though I know that company A runs now the forecast semi-automatically and uses the tool X, a competitor is miles away from copying it quickly. What I outwardly signal as an applicant is the conviction that my controlling is up to date, innovative and successful. I can’t see a reason why I should keep this a secret.

The previous winners are well-known companies. What chances do SMEs have?

Weber: It's not like there are no smaller companies in this hall! Admittedly, many smaller companies have their hands full off keeping up with the development of controlling, and that is essentially shaped by large companies. However, it is easier in small companies to implement innovative solutions in a short time, what usually takes a long time in large companies. In other words, companies of every size and every industry can win the Award!

You have led the Jury since introduction of the Awards in 2003. What is your drive?

Weber: I am very much concerned with providing impulses for the further development of controlling in practice. That's why I'm also involved in the ICV. The further development depends on many things, such as well-trained students who take state-of-the-art knowledge from the universities, open-minded controllers who read specialist articles and meet at conferences, work of the Association, appropriate communication to make ideas known as quickly as possible - and also on good examples that you are happy to emulate. And this is exactly the idea underlying the Excellence Award. All these measures only help if they are designed for the long term - and that's why I'm still here!

Are there any further Award’s developments?

Weber: I think the basic concept is still going strong and will last for a long time. However, we have learned that the controllers’ uncertainty of whether or not participate and whether the solution worked out can in principle compete with others, has rather grown over time. I am therefore "quite officially" available as a contact partner and guide, at least by e-mail, with higher uncertainty also by phone.

We also want to increase the excitement a bit by nominating three potential candidates shortly after the deadline for submissions, but to announce the winner at the Congress as before. Maybe we'll change more around the Award; we are still in the middle of the discussion and we are looking forward to more good ideas. We will not leave these considerations in the "secret backroom"!

If you, dear readers, compete hopefully for the next Award, you will be able to read all the news on our website. So have courage!

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To the Controller Congress, Munich

At this event the ICV Controlling Excellence Award is given traditionally

Winners 2018 in an interview

The ATVISIO Consult GmbH in a conversation with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber, Chariman of the Jury, and the team of the Robert Bosch GmbH, winners of the ICV Controlling Excellence Awards 2018. 

To the winner of the ICV Controlling Excellence Awards (before Controller Award)

overview of the published presentations of the winners inclusive


Carmen Zillmer

Carmen Zillmer

Phone: +49 - (0)8153 / 88 974 -20