“Good governance has a proven positive impact on the economic and emotional value of a family business. That’s why we helped draft the Governance Code for Family Businesses.”
(Karl-Erivan Haub †)
Good governance is an indispensable part of the long-term success of family businesses. In order to provide interested business families with guidelines on organizing their governance, in 2004, Peter May, together with well-known family business owners and researchers, created the world’s first Governance Code for Family Businesses and became chairman of the commission.
The Code is a joint initiative with the INTES Family Business Academy, FBN Deutschland and DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER. The 3rd edition of the Code was published in 2015.
Good family business needs role models. With this in mind, and on the initiative of Peter May, in 2004 INTES and impulse launched a prize for the Family Business Owner of the Year. This distinction has become one of the most important awards for family business owners in Germany and is now co-sponsored by FBN Deutschland and DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER.
As jury chairman, Peter May recognizes an exemplary business figure each year.
Volkmar und Torsten Wywiol were selected as Family Business Owner of the Year in 2018.
The previous winners of the prize are
2017 Ludwig Merckle
2016 Martin Viessmann
2015 Simone Bagel-Trah
2014 Stefan Fuchs
2013 The Leibinger Family
2012 Heinrich Deichmann
2011 Heinz Gries and Andreas Land
2010 Stefan Messer
2009 Markus Miele and Reinhard Zinkann
2008 Bernhard Simon
2007 Jürgen Heraeus
2006 Peter-Alexander Wacker
2005 Michael Stoschek
2004 Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler
“Learning from the champions” – Peter May launched the Business Owner Success Forum with this motto in mind in 1998. The congress, jointly organized by the INTES Family Business Academy, FBN Deutschland and DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER at Bensberg Castle near Cologne, brings together leading family business owners from Germany and abroad. It is considered one of the most important family meetings for family business owners in Germany. Together with Peter Bartels, Peter May is the host for the Business Owner Success Forum.
The sharing of experiences among business families is as important to their success as qualification and advice. The world’s largest and best organization in this area – particularly with regard to the next generation – is the Family Business Network (FBN). With this idea in mind, in 2000 Peter May joined friendly family business owners in creating FBN Deutschland, of which he remains the Managing Director.
We invite you to join our organization. And to benefit from a unique range of services. “By families, for families, across generations.” Nationally and internationally.
Our partners have been actively involved in research and instruction for many years.
Our Partner Prof. Dr. Sabine Rau held positions at EBS in Östrich-Winkel, at WHU in Vallendar and at King’s College in London. She was also founding Dean of the Hidden Champions Institute at ESMT in Berlin. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at University of Ottawa, Canada.
And following positions at UWH in Witten, FHDW in Bergisch-Gladbach and IMD in Lausanne, since 2009 Prof. Dr. Peter May has taught as an Honorary Professor at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where he is a member of the INSTITUTE OF FAMILY BUSINESS.
We are a German-speaking company first and foremost, but we always enjoy working in an international context as well. In addition to our work with international clients, there are a variety of other activities.
From 2008 until 2009, Prof. Dr. Peter May was Wild Group Chair of Family Business at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Prof. Dr. Sabine Rau war Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at King’s College in London from 2015 to 2017.
by Peter May and Adrianna Lewandowska | 2019 | Instytut Biznesu Rodzinnego
by Peter May | 2017 | Murmann Verlag
by Peter May and Adrianna Lewandowska | 2014 | Wolters Kluwer
by Peter May and Thomas Ingelfinger | 2015 | Hoepli
Prof. Dr. Peter May is founder and Commission Chairman of the AUSTRIAN GOVERNANCE CODE FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES.