Péter Horváth – passion for controlling
Never begin to give up, never give up to begin – also Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mult. Péter Horváth made this motto of the philosopher Cicero a habit. On February 3, 2017, the successful entrepreneur and university lecturer celebrated his 80th birthday.
Péter Horváth has achieved a lot and still has a lot to achieve. The now professor emeritus of the University of Stuttgart, who previously set up the first chair for controlling in Germany at the TU Darmstadt, is regarded as a pioneer of controlling in the German-speaking world. His standard work "Controlling" has been just published in the 13th edition - even a Chinese and Russian translation is going to be published soon. He is also the author of over 40 expert books and co-editor of the magazines "Controlling", "Wissenschaftschaftsmanagement" and "Familienunternehmen und Strategie".
He received honorary degrees from the Corvinus University of Budapest, the European Business School, the West Hungarian University of Sopron, and the Estonian University of Tartu. 85 university graduates have prepared a doctorate under his care and this way have laid the foundations for their careers.
Also as an entrepreneur, the native Hungarian (escaped to Germany in 1956) created also a world-class company with passion and energy. Horváth & Partners, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, employs more than 700 people worldwide. The company is regarded as the leading internationally active management consultancy in the area of "corporate management" and is one of the best employers in Germany. As Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, he is still active in the company today.
In 2001 Péter Horváth founded the non-profit research institute IPRI (International Performance Research Institute). Since then he donated the half of the IPRI shares to the University of Ulm, where he also established an Endowed Professorships for information management.
"Slow down" or "stop" - these are foreign words for Péter Horváth. That is why he is also committed to the promotion of art, science and international understanding. He founded the Péter Horváth Foundation in 2002. With an annual funding of around 200 000 EURO, he finances scholarships at the Stuttgart Music Academy, supports the Hungarian Cultural Institute Stuttgart and praises the award for sustainability projects in the economy ("Green Controlling") as well as a dissertation award.
He is also active as a volunteer in various cultural institutions: at the Hochschulrat of the Music Academy Stuttgart (2006-2015), as a Deputy Chairman of the Wirtschaftsclub in the Literaturhaus Stuttgart and the Adolf Hölzel Foundation in Stuttgart-Degerloch, or as a Board Member of the Friends' Association at the Baden-Baden Festival Hall. Privately he is as also as much engaged: 22 times he ran the New York marathon and even today he regularly runs at the Stuttgart's Killesberg stadium. Twice a week he also has his fitness training.