Congress of Controllers - agenda




9.00 am Welcome Speech

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Heimo Losbichler
FH Oberösterreich
Chairman of the ICV Board and the IGC Board


Dr. Richard Lutz
Chairman of the Board Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin
Member of the ICV Board of Trustees
Patron of the Congress of Controllers



9.10 am Key Note

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Dieter Spath
Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO
and the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management IAT of the University of Stuttgart, President of acatech – GERMAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

9.50 am Live Talk: Development of Controlling

Dipl.-Kfm. Dr. rer.pol. Dr. h.c. Albrecht Deyhle
Founder and Honorary Chairman of the ICV

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Péter Horváth
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Horváth AG, Stuttgart

Moderator: Matthias von Daacke
Stv. Vorsitzender des ICV-Vorstands

10.20 am Coffee break

10.50 am „Digital Finance“ in a Decentralized Business Model (DHL Supply Chain)

  • Challenges of a decentralized project-oriented business model
  • Standards versus customer focus - a contradiction?
  • Financial partners in the 21st century - opportunities and risks
  • Digitization and standardization - how the possibilities of the future bring global teams closer together


Dietrich Franz
DHL Supply Chain, Bonn

11.30 am Artificial Intelligence – from Science Fiction to the Driver of the 4th Industrial Revolution

  • Why the 4thIndustrial Revolution is more than a Digital Revolution
  • The different approaches to “Technical Intelligence”
  • Quo vadis AI? How 5G and Quantum Computing push AI to an even higher league

Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke
Board Member for the Digitization & Technology
Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber
Director of the Institute for Management and Controlling (IMC) at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallenda
Chairman of the ICV Board of Trustees

1.00 pm Lunch and experience exchange


CLUSTER A: Artificial Intelligence in Controlling?

Moderation: Claudia Maron

DATEV eG, ICV Delegate Germany South

2.30 pm AI in Controlling – Potentials, Development Stages, Applications

  • Development stages of AI in the context of controlling
  • Potentials and prerequisites for the use of AI in controlling
  • Current and potential application examples for different stages of development of AI in controlling
  • Outlook 2030


Prof. Dr. Ronald Gleich
Dean of the Executive School der EBS University, Wiesbaden
Head of the ICV Think Tank

Stefan Tobias
Partner, Horváth & Partners Management Consultants, Stuttgart
Head of the ICV Think Tank

3.20 pm Coffee break

3.40 pm Automation and Digitization of Financial Processes

  • Job cutting vs. intelligent automation
  • Change of task distribution - man versus machine
  • Does outsourcing make sense in the long run?
  • Project experiences and outlook


Mag. Klaus Schatz MSc.
Partner IT Advisory
KPMG Advisory GmbH, Linz/Wien

4.30 pm Coffee break

4.50 pm For a better Performance Management – Examples of Artificial Intelligence at BASF

  • The role of a controller: from "Business Partner" to "Pathfinder"
  • Transparency through visualization and analytics
  • Predictive analytics in the financial forecast and in liquidity planning
  • Artificial Intelligence in credit management


Stefan Schnell
Senior Vice President
Group Reporting & Performance Management, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen

CLUSTER B: Future of Work in Controlling

Moderation: Dipl.-Kaufmann Jens Ropers

Partner, CA Akadamie AG, Wörthsee

2.30 pm Agile Methods in Practice: Scrum as a Management Instrument for Daily Work in Controlling

  • From experiment to routine: Establishment and management of a Scrum Team in controlling
  • Customized roles and tools for daily work
  • Stand-up in virtual teams – it’s all a matter of organization!
  • Important success factors for acceptance and enthusiasm in the team
  • Role of the team leader in the process and change in leadership

Angela Saloch
Head of the Team Controlling Flight Ops & TFM
Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt a.M.

Future of Work: Digitization and Agility - in Controlling / at Controllers

  • How do controllers become drivers of and not driven by digitization?
  • What does "agility" actually mean in the context of controlling?
  • What are the approaches for activating employees and how can you support self-responsible innovation?

Andreas Ziegler
Head of Controlling Interaction Models
SAP SE, Walldorf

3.20 pm Coffee break

3.40 pm Shaping Change as a Controller

  • Success factors for the design of change (of culture)
  • From awareness and reflection tools to creativity increase and design
  • How can controllers be supported in the transformation processes?

Roda Müller-Wieland
Manager and Research Assistant
Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Fraunhofer IAO, Berlin 

4.30 pm Coffee break

4.50 pm Moderated discussion

with speakers and representatives of the expert work group ‘Future of Work’ / Head of the ICV expert work group Dr. Rüdiger Eichin, SAP SE

CLUSTER C: Performance Management – Company Management in the Future

Moderation: Dr. Thomas Biasi

Partner, CA Akademie AG, Wörthsee

2.30 pm Performance Management: How to enjoy Change with Controllers - or why Strengthening Strengths is so Valuable in Controlling

  • Why should controllers enjoy the change?
  • What does a top manager want from controlling? And how to make controllers successful?
  • What does "shape the future" mean for controllers?
  • How can we open the tight drawers, where controllers are often pressed into?
  • What un-culture in leadership needs to disappear?


Alexander Gedat
Supervisory Board and Advisory Board in the Clothing Industry -
Former CFO, CSO and CEO of Marc O'Polo


A dialogue with Dr. Thomas Biasi

3.20 pm Coffee break

3.40 pm FAMOS 2025 - Developing and Implementing a Strategy in the SME Sector

  • Myth strategy
  • Welcome VUCA in the food sector
  • 125 years – and what will follow?
  • Strategy and strategy process - knowledge, desire and change
  • Zentis Innoversum
  • Exchange and discussion

Norbert Weichele
Executive Director at the Zentis Group
Zentis GmbH & Co. KG, Aachen

4.30 pm Coffee break

4.50 pm Challenges in the Global Environment

  • Strengthening, expanding and supporting strategy
  • Core competence versus flexibility
  • Concentration on the value drivers
  • Challenge: adaptation of organization and instruments
  • Contribution of controlling to corporate management in volatile times


Udo Kraus
Vice President Finance and Controlling
Hansgrohe SE, Schiltach

5.40 pm Happy Hour in the Partner Area – „Meet the Experts“

From 7.00 pm Controllers’ Beer Garden



9.00 am Digitization in the 3-stage distribution channel with the example of the industry plumbing / heating / air conditioning / electrical needs

  • The sector distribution chanel
  • Digitization of the supply chain
  • Digitization projects in the GC-Gruppe
  • AI projects in the GC-Gruppe

Benedikt Mahr
Executive Partner
Wilhelm Gienger KG, GC-Gruppe, Markt Schwaben

9.40 am Sustainability – The Moment for Bold Leadership is Here and Now

  • What is the posture of the controlling profession in terms of sustainability? 
  • Controllers have the obligation to boldly lead sustainability effort. But how? 
  • Better decisions about processes, behaviors, and actions are obviously needed. What more can be done?
  • Controllers can lead the way through six action steps relating to new measures, new processes and new collaborations 
  • Controllers need the collective will to act in ways that are required by the ethical standards that guide this profession

Michael Wasserman
Ph.D., Professor of International Management
FH Münster, Münster

10.20 am Coffee break

10.50 am Controlling Transformation in a Digitized & Data Driven Time

  • Networking with the holding and company strategy
  • Change and development of people, products and tools

Sonja Wallner
A1 Telekom Austria, Wien

11.30 am Transformation & Disruption: Digital Change at Zeppelin

  • The Group
  • New digital business models
  • Scale-up & Start-up & Start-up control
  • Digitizing existing business models


Christian Dummler
Zeppelin GmbH, Garching b. München

12.10 pm If You Want It, You’ll Make It


Sporting excellence has much in common with professional tasks and private projects. In these areas, too, it is important to set goals and consequently implement them. We often hear: "It‘s all in your head!" In the speech by Wolfgang Fasching you will learn more about the power of thoughts and how they influence and shape our lives. Learn more about how you can make great effects  with simple changes.

Wolfgang Fasching
Extreme athlete
Sportagentur Fasching, Lambach

12.55 pm Closing words

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Heimo Losbichler
FH Oberösterreich
Chairman of the ICV Board and the IGC Board

13.00 pm Lunch

... shaking hands ... farewell - see you at the 46th Congress of Controllers on April 26/27, 2021