The ICV Controlling Excellence Award

Der Countdown läuft

Die Anmeldefrist 31. Januar 2021 ist verstrichen, die Bewerbungen für den Controlling Excellence Award 2021 liegen der Jury vor. Wir sind gespannt auf Nominierte und Gewinner!

Invitation to participation at the ICV Controlling Excellence Award 2021

Dear Sir or Madame,

As every year, we also present the Controlling Excellence Award in 2021. We hope to be able to do this again as part of our traditional congress in Munich, and therefore invite you to the 45th ICV Congress of Controllers on April 26/27, 2021.

Regardless of whether we meet on site in Munich in 2021 or at an online event, we’re looking forward to hearing from you: Have you implemented a controlling project that you would like to present to our Jury and, if nominated, also to ours controlling community, then apply by January 31, 2021. The winning team can also expect 3,000 euros in prize money and is in good company: The winners of recent years include companies such as Unitymedia, Bosch, Edeka, Covestro, RWE, ElitePartner, Lufthansa, the Otto Group, McDonald’s and the die Bundesagentur für Arbeit [Federal Employment Agency]. But don't worry: It's not the company name that counts, but what solution you develop, what you have achieved for your company as a controller or controlling team. Surprise us, inspire us, take us with your application on your journey from the idea to the destination!

Face the competition and the expert judgment of our Jury, with practitioners and professors. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer (as successor to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber) the Jury members are Prof. Dr. Andreas Seufert, Prof. Dr. Ute Vanini, Roland Iff and Dipl. Wirt. Ing.Jens Bienik carefully weigh up who is entitled to own the title, prize money and, last but not least, the fame of our Award.

With this in mind, I am excited to be able to welcome you and each one from our international controlling network in April 2021.

I wish much success to all of the participants! 

Prof. Dr. 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
  • 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 2021 we will inform you about the status of your application
  • Three nominees nominated for the ICV Controlling Excellence Award will be invited to the 2021 Controller Congress. It takes place on April 26/27, 2021 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 26, 2021. 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.

Media Partners


More sponsors are welcome!

Financing of the Award project is based on the financial support from our sponsors. We offer you the following promotion possibilities:

  • Promoting your company logo in all print and online media (also through our media partners e.g. Finance, Treasurer, Controlling & Management, Controller Magazin, Markt & Mittelstand), related to the IV Controlling Excellence Award
  • Promoting your company logo via our ICV Controlling Excellence Award e-mailings sent to more than 60,000 addresses
  • Your company logo on our ICV Controlling Excellence Award postcard, which is distributed for applications in our regional events, Controller Akademie seminars, etc.
  • Linking your company logo here in the ICV Controlling Excellence Award area
  • Your company name in the sponsors area in the agenda of the Congress of Controllers of the ICV, printed in more than 60,000 copies
  • Your company name on the screen when the winner of the ICV Controlling Excellence Award is announced at the ICV Congress of Controllers 
  • Naming your company as a sponsor in the press materials after the ICV Controlling Excellence Award
  • A donation certificate for the tax-deductible amount of the sponsorship

You can propose the amount of your support based on the sponsorship aspect.

Become sponsor of the ICV Controlling Excellence Award - contact

Stephanie Wirth

Münchner Straße 8
D-82237 Wörthsee

Telefon: +49 (0) 8153 / 88 974 -20


Head of the Jury Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer on the ICV Controlling Excellence Award 2021

Peter Bluhm from ATVISIO Consult in conversation with the Head of the Jury on the ICV Controlling Excellence Award 2021.

The Jury

The Award in the corona year 2020

The ICV Controlling Excellence Award is traditionally presented at the ICV Congress of Controllers. In 2020, the Congress had to be postponed to the following year due to the corona pandemic. The award Jury nevertheless selected three nominees:

  • A1 Telekom Austria
  • BASF
  • Pixum

How we will hand over the Award in view of the special situation has not yet been decided.

In the ICV Controlling Blog you can read all about the three finalists in the race for the renowned Award for exemplary controller work, given by the ICV.

If you have any questions please contact us

Carmen Zillmer

Carmen Zillmer

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

Overview of all winners

including overview of the published presentations of the winners

To the Congress of Controller, Munich

At this event the ICV Controlling Excellence Award is given

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 Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Jürgen Weber, Chairman of the Juty until 2020:

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 is "exemplary controlling work"?

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

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 (Red.: 2020 handover to Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer). 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!

Winners of the ICV Controlling Excellence Award 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.