Strategy, marketing, and pricing expert Hermann Simon is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners. He is the only German in the “Thinkers50 Hall of Fame” of the most important management thinkers in the world. He has consistently been voted the most influential living management thinker since 2005 in German-speaking countries.
Hermann Simon was a professor of business administration and marketing at the University of Mainz and the University of Bielefeld before committing himself to a career in management consulting. He was also a visiting professor at various institutions of higher education. Amongst these, he counts the likes of INSEAD, Tokyo’s Keio University, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was the Simon-Kycher & Partners CEO from 1995 to 2009. Cicero-Magazine listed him as one of the 100 leading German intellectuals.
The recipient of numerous awards, Hermann Simon has also received honorary doctorates from multiple institutes of higher learning in various countries. Examples include IEDV Business School in Bled, Slovenia, the University of Siegen in Germany, and Kozminski University Warsaw in Poland. China’s ‘Hermann Simon Business School’ was named after him and he holds an honorary professorship at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He is an honorary citizen in his hometown.
A well-established bestselling author, his books touch on various subjects in the field of strategy, marketing, pricing, and business transformation. His books have been published in over thirty countries and translated into thirty languages. Hermann Simon is also an editorial board member of numerous journals. Amongst these, he includes Management Science, European Management Journal, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Recherche et Applications en Marketing. He also regularly wrote columns for Manager Magazine.
Hermann Simon has gained considerable experience in corporate governance due to his role as a board member of various corporations and foundations. He was president of the European Marketing Academy from 1984 – 1986 and the co-founder of the first Special Purpose Acquisition Company listed on the German Stock Exchange.
Concerning his academic background, Hermann Simon studied economics and business administration at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. He received both his diploma and doctorate from the University of Bonn.
Hermann Simon is an acclaimed speaker on topics that include globalization, profit, orientation, corporate strategy, and global market leadership. He tailors each talk to suit his client and audience’s needs. He lives in Germany and speaks German, English, and French fluently.