Mr. Péter REHUS
Candidate for Board-Member-at-large
Mr Peter Rehus (51) was appointed Country Leader of IBM Hungary in January 2017. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience with IBM working across continents in various roles.
Between 2008 and 2017, he has held multiple executive positions across the Europe and Middle East and Africa region of IBM. In his roles he was in charge for sales strategy, business performance, partner management, ecosystem development of the respective business units.
This includes his time as a Software-as-a-Service Business Development Executive for IBM Europe Commerce Business Unit, Director of Industry Solutions Unit , Director of Software Channel Business in Central and Eastern Europe and Software Brand Sales Executive in the Central Europe and Middle East Africa region.
Before his regional assignments, he served several managerial positions at IBM Hungary. He joined IBM in 1991.
Mr Rehus graduated from the Technical University of Budapest, where he earned his MSc at the Faculty of Transportation Systems Engineering. He also studied Business Administration at Henley Management College in 2008.
Residing in Budapest, Péter is married with two children.
Why do you think membership in the American Chamber of Commerce is important for businesses operating in Hungary?
AmCham's collaborative relationship with the government, other relevant institutes and businesses really help the members to establish, grow their presence and to do business in Hungary. Chamber has been the one of the most prestigious and influential business associations in Hungary. AmCham has broad and diverse members which provides a great platform to share experience, knowledge, think together and act together which enables the organisation to be effective in achieving its mission. We highly appreciate the achievements and the professional work of the organisation in influencing the overall economical and social environment of Hungary.
What motivates you to be an AmCham Board Member/Supervisory Board Member?
It would be a privilege for me to be a board member of this prestigious organisation, advancing its work and efforts to make Hungary a more competitive economy, developing our society not only from an investor, employer perspective but also to explore the ways that can enable the local companies to accelerate thier innovatation and grow their business in partnership with US companies.
Why do you feel you are qualified? What skills do you bring to the position of Board Member/Supervisory Board?
I have more than 25 years of IT industry experience, I have been working across different markets and geographies in various leadership roles at IBM. I have a good understanding of the Hungarian business environment, understanding of the digitalisation which is the key driver of the transformation of companies, industries, economies and the society.
As the country leader of IBM in Hungary, I represent a wide range of businesses that IBM is doing in Hungary like IT and shared services, financial services, manufacturing, and R&D. I believe that my colleagues and I can bring a broad set of skills and experience that can add a lot of value to the organisation in designing and executing the most appropriate strategy in line with AmCham’s community.
How have you been active in AmCham over the course of the last two years?
IBM has been one of the most active members of AmCham since the establishment of the Chamber, one of the first Patron members. We have been contributing to the success of the Chamber in multiple ways, like leading the Investment Policy Task Force, actively participating in the Competitive Workforce and Digitization Policy Task Forces. IBM colleagues are participating in the Career Ambassador program as well. IBM are also active member in the Electronic Manufacturers Committee, adding our view on financial issues as well as digital transformation and AI. IBM was one of the corporate sponsors of the Business Meets Government summit and can offer a cutting edge business event facility to certain AmCham events in IBM Budapest Lab.