At the XXXIV. General Assembly on December 5, the AmCham membership received a report of the activities of another eventful and rewarding year, accepted the plan for 2023, and elected new members to the Board of Directors.
The AmCham Membership reelected as President Zoltán Szabó, Senior Advisor at the Urban Institute Hungary, for his second two-year term. He has been dedicated to building and transforming while remaining committed to representing its member companies’ interests.
István Katona, Managing Director of Celanese Hungary and Board Member-at-Large since 2020, emerged victorious from a tight three-way race for the Second-Vice President position, succeeding dr. Dávid Kőhegyi who has been a Board member in the last 4 years.
Moreover, five new Board Members-at-Large were elected, with Edit Bencsik, Alliance and Marketing Manager at TATA Consultancy Services Hungary, László Kónya, Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom Systems Solutions Hungary, Dániel Mayer, Managing Director, Head of Risk Management at Morgan Stanley Hungary Analytics, Mónika Pais, Managing Director of Diageo Budapest and Veronika Spanarova, Managing Director and Citi Country Officer for Hungary are joining AmCham’s leadership.
The New AmCham Board of Directors:
President: Zoltán Szabó, Senior Advisor at the Urban Institute Hungary
First-Vice President: Tímea Pesti, Chief Executive Officer of LeasePlan Hungary
Second-Vice President: István Katona, Managing Director of Celanese Hungary
Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Carlson, Partner at KPMG Hungary
- Edit Bencsik, Alliance and Marketing Manager at TATA Consultancy Services Hungary,
- László Kónya, Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom Systems Solutions Hungary,
- Dániel Mayer, Managing Director, Head of Risk Management at Morgan Stanley Hungary Analytics,
- Mónika Pais, Managing Director of Diageo Budapest,
- Veronika Spanarova, Managing Director and Citi Country Officer for Hungary,
- Krisztián Toka, Managing Director of Amgen,
- Matt Zeller, General Manager of Novartis Hungary,
- and Írisz Lippai-Nagy, AmCham Chief Executive Officer
Supervisory Board Chair Dr. Andrea Jádi Németh, Managing Partner at bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law and member David Young.
Dr. Farkas Bársony, Kondor Holding, CEO & Partner (AmCham President 2017-2020)
Ferenc Pongrácz, EIT Health (AmCham President 2015-2016)
Neil Pickett, Commercial Counselor, US Embassy
Outgoing Board Members and Committee Chairs
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our outgoing Board Members: Dávid Kőhegyi, Ildikó Beck PhD, Orsolya Stefanie Ludvig, Péter Csucska and Robert Bencze for their dedicated work and leadership throughout the years.
To the resigning leader of our Workspace and Facilities Management Committee Tünde Kirschner, we would like to thank her dedicated leadership since 2018 and the many interesting discussions and facility visits she championed during her tenure. And we would also like to welcome the newly elected Chair of the Committee, Zsolt Kákosy from ICONREM.
Iván Völgyes Award
Continuing a great tradition, the AmCham board awarded the Dr. Iván Völgyes Award for the 16th time.
Dr. Iván Völgyes, often regarded as the father of modern lobbying in Hungary, was instrumental in bringing numerous U.S.-based businesses to Hungary including the Gallup Organization and Reader's Digest. As the chief advisor to General Electric in Hungary, Mr. Völgyes also assisted in bringing six of GE's 10 global core businesses, along with more than $1 billion in investment.
This year, the Board unanimously decided to present this year’s Dr. Iván Völgyes Award to Róbert Ésik, former President and CEO of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).
Róbert has been working tirelessly on developing Hungary’s competitiveness and bringing investments to Hungary from several countries all around the world, breaking new records year-on-year. During this period, together with his team, he managed about 1,900 investment projects in the amount of EUR 31.3 billion, resulting in more than 120 000 new workplaces. Under the leadership of Mr. Ésik, HIPA received various international recognitions, and significant developments were carried out with the participation of the agency in key economic sectors including the automotive industry, electronics industry, food industry, life sciences, business services, and the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
After serving for 8 years as President and CEO of HIPA, Róbert now pursues his career as a Partner of EY’s Global Location Services & Incentives, responsible for the EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) region.
AmCham Foundation: Helping children in need during the toughest times
Despite the last couple challenging years, the AmCham Foundation closed another busy year. Edit Bencsik, a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees gave a brief presentation of the year's highlights and a video testimonial from the enthusiastic volunteers.
Thank you to Bird&Bird for making the event possible!