Owner in Peter May Family Business Consulting

Prof. Peter May

Peter May is a leading expert on family businesses and a pioneer in the strategic consultation of their owners.

In 2013 he was named “The Family whisperer” by one of the leading financial newspapers in Germany.

The lawyer and business economist consults and works with many of Germany’s leading entrepreneurial families

In 1998 he founded INTES, the first consulting firm focused on the consultation and training of business owning families. Under his leadership INTES developed into the leading brand in its segment. In 2013 he sold INTES to PwC. Since then he advises PwC in regards to its Family Business activities.

Peter May is Honorary Professor at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Valendar and has taught at some of the most distinguished Business schools in Europe. In  2008 and 2009 he was IMD’s Wild Group Chair of Family Business.

Peter May developed a number of important concepts for the consultation of Family Business owners, including the INTES-principle, the 3-Dimensions-Model, the Owner-Strategy and the Family-constitution.

He also founded many initiatives for Family Businesses, among other the worlds’ first Governance Code for Family Businesses (2004) and the German Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year award (est. 2004). Furthermore he was involved in the initiation of the German Chapter of the Family Business Network (FBN)  (est. 2000) and the Institute of Family Businesses at WHU. Peter May is president of the governance-commission, jury chairman for the Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year award, and managing director of FBN Germany.

By founding the “Unternehmer Erfolgforum” (Family Entrepreneurs’ Success Forum) at Schloss Bensberg (est. 1998) he established one of the most important conferences for Business owning Families in Germany.

Moreover, Peter May is author and publisher of more than 100 publications on the topic of Family Businesses (including the “Lexikon der deutschen Familien Unternehmen” and the “UnternehmerBrief”).  His standard work “Erfolgsmodell Familienunternehmen” has been and is currently being translated into numerous languages.

Peter Mays Life and Work is based on two guiding themes: “I love Family Businesses” and “I was lucky to be able to make my passion become my profession”.