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October 21, 2016

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, and Vivendi lawsuit dialled up to 11

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times

Fifth-generation Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger has been appointed deputy publisher of the New York Times, setting him up to one day succeed his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

The 36-year-old next-generation executive takes on the role amid a difficult time for the publication: readers and advertisers are slowly shifting to online, while publishers are shifting their resources within the newsroom.

September 7, 2016

Prosecutors to question Lotte Group founder; Hanjin chairman pledges $36 million to resolve shipping cargo crisis; and Comcast focus of anti-monopoly investigation after Dreamworks acquisition

Prosecutors to question Lotte Group founder

State prosecutors in South Korea will visit Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk ho to assess his health condition and decide how best to question the 93-year-old on allegations of tax evasion.

The Lotte Group has been accused of running slush funds worth at least 56 billion won ($50 million) at Lotte Engineering and Construction and restricting business opportunities to the group’s affiliates, according to Korea Joongang Daily.

July 31, 2015

Lotte Group ousts 92-year-old founder; LVMH posts second-quarter revenue rise of 23%; and Sweden’s Ikea buys forest in Romania

Lotte Group ousts 92-year-old founder

The board of directors at South Korean-Japanese conglomerate Lotte Group voted this week to remove general chairman and founder Shin Kyuk-ho from his post, Japanese media reported.

The move is seen as part of a power struggle between the founder’s two sons, Dong-joo and Dong-bin, who own comparable stakes in the company, and are vying for control of the 90 trillion won ($77 billion) business.

July 24, 2015

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million; Fiat Chrysler announces Ferrari IPO; and Shin Dong-bin appointed CEO at Lotte Holdings

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million

Lavazza, the family-run Italian coffee maker, has put in a formal bid to acquire French brand Carte Noire for €800 million ($879 million).

According to a company statement, the deal will treble the company’s turnover in France and will help it grow organically in the surrounding regions.

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

January 19, 2015

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

According to a company statement, the decision was made during a shareholders’ meeting last Thursday and puts Shin Dong-bin, the younger son of the group’s founder, in line to succeed control of the conglomerate.

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