Hermann Simon is Senior Partner of Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants. He was the chairman between 1995 and 2009. He is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing and has advised clients from around the world. In 2005 he was voted the most influential management thinker in Germany after the late Peter Drucker.

Simon has published over 30 books in 15 languages, including the worldwide bestsellers Hidden Champions and Power Pricing. His most recent book Manage for Profit, not for Market Share (Harvard Business School Press, 2006) challenges the wide-spread focus among managers on volume and market share, advocating instead a clear profit orientation.

Before committing himself full-time to the management consulting business, Simon 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. Between 1985 and 1988 he was the director of the USW - the European School of Management and Technology.


Strategist, former McKinsey consultant, and author of three business strategy books – The Art of the Advantage, Hide a Dagger Behind Your Smile, and the soon-to-be-released The Way of Innovation – Kaihan Krippendorff has over a decade studying corporate conflict.

Kaihan works regularly with large and medium-sized corporations including Microsoft, J&J, Ryder, DHL, and Fidelity Investments to design bold and innovative growth strategies. He delivers key-note speeches across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America and lectures regularly at business schools including Wharton and MIT Sloan.

He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, his BSE in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and his BSE in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering.