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June 6, 2013

More than a quarter of US family businesses questioned in a Deloitte survey do not have a board of directors, and of those that do, the majority lack diversity in terms of non-executives, non-family members and female representation.

More than a quarter of US family businesses questioned in a Deloitte survey do not have a board of directors, and of those that do, the majority lack diversity in terms of non-executives, non-family members and female representation.

The report, Perspectives on Family-Owned Businesses, also found succession planning was a large area of inactivity when it came to governance of family businesses.

June 5, 2013

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company.

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company. He has also said that, if reelected, the board will consider strategic alternatives for the company, including its sale.

Michael Gross said Michael Olshan, Andrea Olshan and Jason Taubman Kalisman do not have the relevant business, industry or public company experience to qualify them to serve as directors.

April 25, 2013

How do you avoid strife in sibling relationships in family businesses? CampdenFB takes a look.

January 22, 2013

European family businesses are a safe bet for investors even in times of economic crises, according to research by the Instituto de Empresa business school, but the problems associated with family ownership make potential investors wary.

European family businesses are a safe bet for investors even in times of economic crises, according to research by the Instituto de Empresa business school, but the problems associated with family ownership make potential investors wary.

December 18, 2011

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives.

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives and expanding the business, according to a leading academic.

Guido Corbetta, professor of family business at Bocconi University, told CampdenFB that companies with concentrated ownership and leadership structures, typically with few family members involved, tend to work best.

May 26, 2011

Interest in successful governance at Indian family businesses has grown hugely in the past five years, according to Kavil Ramachandran of the Indian School of Business.

Interest in successful governance at Indian family businesses has grown hugely in the past five years, according to Kavil Ramachandran of the Indian School of Business.

The Thomas Schmidheiny Chair Professor of Family Business and Wealth Management told CampdenFB that a much broader focus on family business management in India is essential.

“Management is no longer seen as wholesome but as comprising three levels – governance, strategy and operations,” he said.

May 19, 2011

As parts of Asia emerge as economic superpowers, the patriarchs driving the region’s growth have faced a succession of scandals, prompting questions over autocratic styles of governance, which appear increasingly at odds with the demands of the new generation.

As parts of Asia emerge as economic superpowers, the patriarchs driving the region’s growth have faced a succession of scandals, prompting questions over autocratic styles of governance, which appear increasingly at odds with the demands of the new generation.

September 1, 2010

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.

Family-controlled businesses in the US are gearing up for new regulations that will see minority shareholders exerting more influence over board appointments, writes David Bain.
 
The ruling could not only undermine existing family-owned business structures, but also deter such businesses raising funds in capital markets.
 

August 24, 2010

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, controlled by the Pritzker family, has hit the headlines again for its corporate governance practices after it was revealed that Penny Pritzker was no longer considered an independent director of the group.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, controlled by the Pritzker family, has hit the headlines again for its corporate governance practices after it was revealed that Penny Pritzker was no longer considered an independent director of the group.
 
A report in the Wall Street Journal revealed the move and it comes after the Chicago-based hotel group has come under pressure to tighten its corporate governance.
 

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