Mr. Péter FÁTH
Candidate for the Supervisory Board
2016 – date: Manager, Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations, TÜV Rheinland Intercert
2013 – 2015: Strategic Management Advisor to GDF SUEZ Energia Holding Zrt.
2011 – 2013: Director of Stakeholder Relations at GDF SUEZ Energia Holding Zrt.
2009 – 2011: Director of Communications and Strategy at GDF SUEZ Dunamenti Erőmű Zrt.
1990 – 2008: Executive director, later Ceo, of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary
1985 – 1990: Desk officer at the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture
1980 – 1985: Economist and foreign trade specialist at Hungarovin
Negotiation Skills and Experience
2006 : Driver of the Proclamation Group (consisting of 23 business associations)
1995 – 2008 : Secretary of the Investors’ Council (representing the largest investors in Hungary)
1990 – 2008 : organizing and conducting many meetings with different governments
1987 – 1990: Member of the Hungarian delegation in Geneva (GATT Uruguay Round)
Communication and Media Experience
Experienced in communication and presentation at the highest level (incl. several prime ministers, four US presidents, boards of multinational companies). Used to be one of the most frequently quoted business representatives in Hungary. Articles, interviews, and quotes in publications in Hungary and abroad from the Financial Times to Business Week, from HVG to Népszabadság. Leader of countless number of press conferences.
2002 – date: member of the Association of Hungarian Journalists (MUOSZ)
Unparalleled personal contacts in the business and political scene in Hungary and also -through local AmChams - all over in Europe. Personally known and appreciated as a politically neutral professional by all major political forces in Hungary at ministers’ and party leaders‘ level.
Miscellaneous Positions, Recognitions and Voluntary Work:
2015 – date : President, Association of Hungarian Nature Photographers
2008-2009 : Registered lobbyist with free access to the European Parliament, Brussels
2008 –date: Advisory Committee member, Transparency International
2005: Knight’s Cross Order of Merit awarded by the President of the Republic of Hungary
2004: Named as one of the best 3 lobbyists in Hungary by the Lobby Association
2002–date: Secretary, International Children Safety Organization (Nemzetközi Gyermekmentő Szolg.)
1980 University of Economics, Budapest (1980), MA
Post graduate studies at the University of Phoenix, Arizona-Budapest, Webster University Vienna.
Born in 1957, married, proud father of 3 adult children. Experienced tennis player, award winning nature photographer.
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
Because AmCham has been and IS THE INDEPENDENT voice of business in Hungary. Our pillars: the diversified membership and our internal rules and policies, which makes AmCham’s proposals well-grounded and forward looking. No other organization has these pillars. Most probably this is the reason why AmCham gets attention from every government.
Better business environment can only be achieved if we unite our forces and skills.
AmCham’s desire: to always have democratic and transparent rules helps our member companies to achieve business success and also to make Hungary more competitive.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
I have been around of AmCham since its beginning and somehow, I feel it is my 4th child…
Therefore, I like to help this organization - as much as I can - to achieve further successes.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
I have been the CEO of AmCham Hungary for 18 years (that time the longest serving AmCham CEO is Europe), and after I served as Board member and Secretary Treasurer for years. I dare to say: I know this organization well, maybe even better than others, I know its strengths and weaknesses, and also: its possibilities. At the same time, I know the key players both at business and political circles in Hungary, including leaders at the highest level.
In the past 10 years I have been working as professional lobbyist, first at a French energy giant GDF SUEZ (now: Engie) , and at a 150 year old German company: TÜV Rheinland.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
2 years ago I just finished my term as Secretary Treasurer. Since then I have been an active member in the Investment Policy Task Force and not so active at the Governance and Transparency Task Force too. Besides that I helped in some issues on request basis.