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April 14, 2016

Daaboul Industrial Groupstarted as a family business in Syria and is now one of the largest aluminum producers in the Middle East. In the first of a four-part series of case studies, Zita Nikoletta Verbenyi reports on three governance challenges overcome by the Daaboul family.

Daaboul Industrial Groupstarted as a family business in Syria and is now one of the largest aluminum producers in the Middle East. In the first of a four-part series of case studies, Zita Nikoletta Verbenyi reports on three governance challenges overcome by the Daaboul family.

February 5, 2016

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

 

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

Her father, Sumner Redstone, 92, announced his retirement on Thursday. He had announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS on Wednesday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

February 5, 2016

Marketing your family business in a war-torn country might sound like a heavy cross to bear, but for Wafa Elnefeidi, third-generation general manager at Sudan’s Elnefeidi Group, the main challenge stems from gender inequality. 

Keeping a business afloat through two rounds of north-south civil war is no easy task. Imagine then the challenges of building out a marketing department in the same environment. Yet at the Elnefeidi Group, one of Sudan’s most prominent family-owned conglomerates, marketing has been a staple for more than 80 years.

February 4, 2016

Sumner Redstone’s expected resignation from family media empire Viacom today could unleash a succession battle between its non-family chief executive and his daughter, Shari, who has released a pointed statement about leadership at the company.

Sumner Redstone’s expected resignation from family media empire Viacom today could unleash a succession battle between its non-family chief executive and his daughter, Shari, who has released a pointed statement about leadership at the company.

Nonagenarian Redstone, 92, announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS yesterday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

February 3, 2016

The global financial crisis has messed with retirement timelines in family businesses, according to research out of the US, as Baby Boomers have focused on keeping their businesses afloat rather than succession planning.

The global financial crisis has messed with retirement timelines in family businesses, according to research out of the US, as Baby Boomers have focused on keeping their businesses afloat rather than succession planning.

Despite the fact that 62% of senior-generation owners plan to pass on their business within the next decade only 35% have a clear succession plan, the Kreischer Miller report said. Over half (51%) do not have a succession plan at all.

January 22, 2016

Henkel names new CEO; Reliance issues share to battle Bharti; Family businesses top Edelman trust poll 

Henkel names Hans Van Bylen as new CEO
Hans Van Bylen is to take over at German consumer goods maker Henkel after its incumbent chief executive Kasper Rorsted left to become the new CEO of Adidas.

Van Bylen, Henkel’s former head of the beauty care business, joined the family-controlled firm in 1984 and has been a member of the management board since 2005.

December 16, 2015

State-owned Italian bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) is to set up a private equity fund to help family businesses, but a family business expert questions to what degree it will achieve its aim of helping them go public. 

State-owned Italian bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) is to set up a private equity fund to help family businesses, but a family business expert questions to what degree it will achieve its aim of helping them go public.

The initiative is the first of many more planned by the CDP as part of its plans to invest in domestic companies and help boost the country’s economy.

The private equity fund is one of the pillars of the new business plan.

December 10, 2015

On a recent trip to Australia I met an entrepreneurial couple who talked about the annual cash flush they provide to their children. When digging deeper the conversation touched on topics of ‘how much is enough’ and ‘how to keep them responsible citizens in their communities despite the money’. In our advisory work we often get involved in such discussions. Conflicts in families mainly centre about two issues: power (who leads the family company) and money (who gets how much access to cash). Let’s focus on the money for now.

On a recent trip to Australia I met an entrepreneurial couple who talked about the annual cash flush they provide to their children. When digging deeper the conversation touched on topics of ‘how much is enough’ and ‘how to keep them responsible citizens in their communities despite the money’. In our advisory work we often get involved in such discussions. Conflicts in families mainly centre about two issues: power (who leads the family company) and money (who gets how much access to cash). Let’s focus on the money for now.

December 8, 2015

A New Zealand businessman has shed tears at a shareholder meeting as he defended the appointment of his daughter to chairman of the jewellery company he founded.
 

A New Zealand businessman has shed tears at a shareholder meeting as he defended the appointment of his daughter to chairman of the jewellery company he founded.

Michael Hill International addressed shareholders at its annual meeting in Auckland last week, the first time since the business transitioned from the first to second generation of the family.

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