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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.

November 22, 2019

Melia, Inditex and Damm families lead Spain’s digital revolution, family businesses H&M Group and IKEA unite to study recycled textiles, and Hays family creates 1,500 new careers in the UK’s travel industry.

Melia, Inditex and Damm families lead Spain’s digital revolution

Spanish family businesses Melia Hotels International, Inditex and Damm have been named among the top 10 companies leading the digital transformation of the Spanish economy.

Research by the Coordenadas Institute of Governance and Applied Economics hailed the families and public peers, such as Telefonica and Seat, for adapting their business models through digitalisation. Their motivation was to enhance their competitiveness and position themselves as international benchmarks.

September 12, 2019

The matriarch of UK family business Barbour says understated product upgrades and investment in talent are key in their global lifestyle brand’s longevity and sustainability over five generations.

The matriarch of UK family business Barbour says understated product upgrades and investment in talent are key in their global lifestyle brand’s longevity and sustainability over five generations.

July 19, 2017

Carla Fendi, award-winning honorary president, public face, entrepreneur, arts collector and patron, and philanthropist of the billion-euro Italian family luxury fashion house Fendi, has died in Rome at the age of 79 after a long illness.

Carla Fendi, award-winning honorary president, public face, entrepreneur, arts collector and patron, and philanthropist of the billion-euro Italian family luxury fashion house Fendi, has died in Rome at the age of 79 after a long illness.

Carla and her equally formidable Fendi sisters Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda transformed the humble family business into a desirable global brand, renowned for its monogrammed handbags and leather goods beloved by Hollywood and European royalty.

June 10, 2014

Mormon businessman Bill Marriott, who transformed his father’s restaurant business into a global lodging company, has put aside the religious values of his church to launch a marketing campaign celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. 

Mormon businessman Bill Marriott, who transformed his father’s restaurant business into a global lodging company, has put aside the religious values of his church to launch a marketing campaign celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. 

Launched this month, the campaign, which features transgender model Geena Rocero and gay basketball player Jason Collins, includes a series of billboards and a dedicated website where customers are invited to share their travel stories on social media using the hashtag #LoveTravels.

August 26, 2010

Freixenet has been producing cava for most of the last century, yet the family has only recently transferred control to the second generation. Roderigo Amaral talks to family chairman Lluis Bonet Ferrer about being a next gen in his 60s

Every year, winemakers Freixenet release a new, much-anticipated Christmas TV advert in a marketing initiative that has become a feature of the holiday season in Spain. The family-owned Catalan firm has always bet on the power of publicity and is known for hiring big Hollywood names such as Gwyneth Paltrow to star in the ads in an effort to gain market share and strengthen its position as one of the major independent drinks companies in the world.

February 27, 2009

Bonnier Group, the 200-year-old family-owned business, has undergone a complete rebranding exercise as it aims to propel the company into the digital age.

Bonnier Group, the 200-year-old family-owned business, has undergone a complete rebranding exercise as it aims to propel the company into the digital age.

The Sweden-based multi-channel media company is run by sixth-generation CEO Jonas Bonnier, who took over from non-family management in November 2007.

September 1, 2007

Groupe Bel has grown from a small curing firm to the largest pre-cut processed cheese provider in the world. Marc Smith talks to fifth-generation CEO Antoine Fievet about the company’s history, its ground-breaking marketing campaigns and the world of cheese

Marc Smith is acting editor of Families in Business.

Groupe Bel has grown from a small curing firm to the largest pre-cut processed cheese provider in the world. Marc Smith talks to fifth-generation CEO Antoine Fievet about the company's history, its ground-breaking marketing campaigns and the world of cheese

May 1, 2007

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of “on demand”, following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of "on demand", following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse.

Amy Syracuse is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

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