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January 10, 2020

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics, Heinrich Deichmann on family-funded growth and philanthropy, and family succeeds Georges Duboeuf, France’s “pope of Beaujolais”.

Pentland consolidates global Speedo portfolio ahead of Olympics

British family business Pentland Group has acquired Speedo North America for $170 million, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and the competition of many Speedo athletes.

The second-generation $3 billion group announced this week it had entered into a definitive agreement for the business with apparel company PVH Corp. Speedo International licensed the Speedo trademark to a PVH subsidiary for use in North America and the Caribbean.

February 12, 2019

You can’t choose your family, but you can choose who runs your business. Alexandra Newlove talks to a range of experts about bringing in outside help

In 2006, as Ford Motor Company headed towards a $12.7 billion loss, the worst in the company’s 103-year history, Bill Ford, chief executive and great-grandson of the legendary Henry Ford, realised he needed help.

In an email to staff, Ford introduced his new top man: former Boeing transformation master Alan Mulally, who over the next eight years executed a revitalisation which saw the automaker’s stock appreciate more than 1000% from recession lows, and Mulally remembered as one of the all-time great business leaders.

October 3, 2017

In our new series, FB Academy, giving practical ‘how-to’ advice to families, Andrew Keyt, clinical professor at Chicago’s Loyola University, likens bringing on a non-family leader to Thanksgiving.

In our new series, FB Academy, giving practical ‘how-to’ advice to families, Andrew Keyt, clinical professor at Chicago’s Loyola University, likens bringing on a non-family leader to Thanksgiving.

The traditional model of family business succession is built on a parent passing leadership of the family company to one of their children. As the Millennial generation comes of age, family businesses are increasingly turning to non-family members to lead their family companies.

May 10, 2017

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

November 29, 2016

How will I ensure that I am treated fairly? Will I be able to make a difference? How do I avoid getting drawn into family conflicts? These are some of the questions that I get asked time and time again by talented individuals, who are considering joining family businesses as a non-family executive.

How will I ensure that I am treated fairly? Will I be able to make a difference? How do I avoid getting drawn into family conflicts? These are some of the questions that I get asked time and time again by talented individuals, who are considering joining family businesses as a non-family executive.

October 7, 2016

New regulations driving greater transparency around beneficial ownership are being set up throughout Europe, spearheaded by Great Britain

New regulations driving greater transparency around beneficial ownership are being set up throughout Europe, spearheaded by Great Britain. Alison Ebbage reports

Before David Cameron’s leadership was overshadowed by Britain’s infamous vote to exit from the European Union, he had notched up another notable first: pushing the United Kingdom to become the first G20 country to set up a publicly accessible register of beneficial ownership.

May 13, 2016

Engaged Ownership is the definitive owner’s guide to the family enterprise from the granddaughter of Fisher Price Toys’ founder, Amelia Renkert-Thomas.

May 12, 2016

The case of US billionaire Sumner Redstone highlights tensions when the mental capacity of business leaders is questioned.

The case of US billionaire Sumner Redstone highlights tensions when the mental capacity of business leaders is questioned.

April 13, 2016

Families should plan ahead to ensure they can make use of tax exemptions when businesses are transferred from one generation to the next, a report has advised.

Families should plan ahead to ensure they can make use of tax exemptions when businesses are transferred from one generation to the next, a report has advised.

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