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February 23, 2016

The story of the unlikely grassroots movement that saved a beloved business

The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business

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 9, 2015

Hyundai announces multi-billion investment; Lundin reduces 2015 budget by one-third; and Market Basket installs new board of directors

Hyundai announces multi-billion investment

Hyundai Motor Corporation, the Korea-based car company controlled by the Chung family, has announced a multi-billion euro investment to make up for its slowest sales growth in over a decade.

The carmaker said Tuesday that it plans to spend 80.7 trillion won (€62.5 billion) on new factories over the next four years and will be primarily focussed on research and development.

September 4, 2014

Market Basket third gen Arthur S Demoulas, who experienced huge staff and customer backlash when he fired his cousin from the helm of the family business, has still come out on top in the long-running family feud, according to a family business expert.

Market Basket third gen Arthur S Demoulas, who experienced huge staff and customer backlash when he fired his cousin from the helm of the family business, has still come out on top in the long-running family feud, according to a family business expert.

The New England-based supermarket chain, which has annual revenues of $4 billion (€2.9 billion), became the target of staff-led rallies calling for Arthur T Demoulas to be reinstated after his ousting in a board vote led by his cousin.

July 30, 2014

The ousted chief executive of US supermarket chain Market Basket has gained a level of support from employees that is uncommon outside of family businesses, according to a Harvard Business School academic.

The ousted chief executive of US supermarket chain Market Basket has gained a level of support from employees that is uncommon outside of family businesses, according to a Harvard Business School academic.

Staff and customers have been boycotting the multi-billion dollar company since Arthur S Demoulas, who owns 51% of the company, removed his cousin Arthur T Demoulas from office last month, arguing that a popular profit-sharing scheme was cutting into shareholder profits.

June 25, 2014

US grocery chain Market Basket has chosen not to re-elect second-generation chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas following a longstanding feud over the direction of the family business. 

US grocery chain Market Basket has chosen not to re-elect second-generation chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas following a longstanding feud over the direction of the family business. 

In a statement, the board, chaired by DeMoulas’s cousin and rival Arthur S Demoulas, said the 58-year-old would “not retain any management responsibilities moving forward”.

Market Basket, founded initially as a small grocery store in 1917, has annual revenues of more than $4 billion (€2.9 billion) and employs 21,000.

March 3, 2014

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Third-gen Market Basket chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas has suffered a blow in the latest round of the longstanding feud with his cousin Arthur S over the running of the multi-billion-dollar family business – a supermarket chain based in Massachusetts, US.

Arthur T had argued that a board member, who had voted in favour of a large dividend pay out, was not independent and his votes should be nullified.

Market Basket, founded initially as a small grocery store in 1917, has annual revenues of more than $4 billion and employs 18,000.

September 6, 2013

The second-gen chief executive of US family firm Market Basket has taken court action to block a $300 million dividend payout approved by the board of directors last week.

The second-gen chief executive of US family firm Market Basket has taken court action to block a $300 million dividend payout approved by the board of directors last week.

In a lawsuit filed 5 September in Suffolk Superior Court, Arthur T DeMoulas said the payment should be blocked until problems surrounding the make up of the board are resolved.

He said chairman Keith Cowan, although being nominally independent, was biased in favour of his opponents, including DeMoulas’s cousin and rival Arthur S.

August 27, 2013

The board of directors of feuding US family business Market Basket have hired an executive recruitment firm in a possible move to oust second-gen chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas.

The board of directors of feuding US family business Market Basket have hired an executive recruitment firm in a possible move to oust second-gen chief executive Arthur T DeMoulas.

They have also agreed to distribute $250 million (€187 million) among the Massachusetts supermarket chain’s nine family shareholders – a motion likely supported by DeMoulas’s rival and cousin Arthur S DeMoulas, who wants a greater share of company profits.

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