|HERMANN SIMON is chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants, which has 33 offices in 23 countries. He is the world’s leading authority on pricing. |
Hermann’s academic career and credentials:
Hermann was a professor of business administration and marketing at the Universities of Mainz (1989-1995) and Bielefeld (1979-1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University in Tokyo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He studied economics and business administration at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. He received his diploma (1973) and his doctorate (1976) from the University of Bonn. He has received numerous international awards and honorary doctorates. He was voted the most influential management thinker in German-speaking countries after the late Peter Drucker.
Hermann’s consulting career and credentials:
Hermann founded Simon-Kucher & Partners in 1985 together with two of his doctoral students. From its modest beginnings in Germany, the firm now has 720 full-time associates in 27 offices in 22 countries. As William Poundstone said in his book Priceless: “No firm has spearheaded the professionalization of pricing more than Simon-Kucher & Partners”. After advising the firm for a decade, Hermann left his academic career in 1995 to assume the full-time role as CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners, where he led the firm’s international expansion. When he left that role in 2009, Simon-Kucher & Partners had become the world’s largest pricing consulting practice, active in all major industries. The firm has consulted with almost 100 members of the Fortune 500, some in decades-long relationships.
Hermann’s career and credentials as thought leader in pricing
Hermann has published over 30 books in 26 languages, including the worldwide bestsellers Power Pricing (Free Press, 1997), Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share (Harvard Business School Press, 2006), Hidden Champions (Harvard Business School Press, 1996), and Hidden Champions of the 21st Century (Springer New York, 2009). He has served on the editorial boards of numerous business journals, including the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Management Science, Recherche et Applications en Marketing, Décisions Marketing, European Management Journal as well as several German journals. Since 1988 he has been a columnist for the business monthly Manager Magazin. He is also a board member of numerous foundations and corporations.