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January 18, 2019

Campden Wealth is calling for nominations for its inaugural gala awards in the Americas to recognise the best-in-class family enterprises across the region.

Campden Wealth is calling for nominations for its inaugural gala awards in the Americas to recognise the best-in-class family enterprises across the region.

Organisers at the New York wing of Campden said they were “shocked” to discover there were no existing awards recognising excellence among multigenerational business families of sustainable wealth on the entire continent.

January 16, 2019

The trusted adviser who spearheaded a $50 billion spree of acquisitions over the last five years for Germany’s Reimann family will be succeeded by executives who expanded the portfolios of the families behind Mars and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The trusted adviser who spearheaded a $50 billion spree of acquisitions over the last five years for Germany’s Reimann family will be succeeded by executives who expanded the portfolios of the families behind Mars and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

December 14, 2018

Nominations are now open for the European Families in Business Awards 2019, the most prestigious celebration of excellence among business families of wealth across the continent.

Nominations are now open for the European Families in Business Awards 2019, the most prestigious celebration of excellence among business families of wealth across the continent.

October 16, 2018

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

Family offices are known for being unique, traditional and private, reflecting the distinct nature and wealth of the people and histories they serve.

As a result, when it comes to sourcing management talent there is often a risk-averse and comfortable reliance on the ‘black book’, favouring those with knowledge of the family office landscape.

July 18, 2014

A fourth-gen of George Weston Limited, the Canadian branch of the Weston family empire, has been promoted to the role of president at its supermarket subsidary Loblaws.

A fourth-gen of George Weston Limited, the Canadian branch of the Weston family empire, has been promoted to the role of president at its supermarket subsidary Loblaws.

Galen G Weston takes over from non-family predecessor Vicente Trius, who will return to Brazil for family reasons.

The Thursday reshuffle comes amid a string of acquisitions by the Weston family, who own 63% of Loblaws through George Weston Limited, including the $12.4 billion (€9.2 billion) acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart this year.

June 24, 2014

Century-old Japanese drinks maker Suntory Holdings, owned by the Saji family, will reportedly appoint its first non-family chief executive for four generations later this year.  

Century-old Japanese drinks maker Suntory Holdings, owned by the Saji family, will reportedly appoint its first non-family chief executive for four generations later this year. 

According to media reports, fourth-generation chief executive Nobutada Saji, 68, will step down in October to make way for Takeshi Niinami, the current chairman of convenience store operator Lawson.

Saji will remain chairman of the family business, which was founded in 1899 in Osaka, and in 2012 had revenues of €13 billion. 

June 23, 2014

The third-generation chief executive of Portugal’s largest listed bank, Banco Espirito Santo (BES), is set to stand down and be replaced by a non-family member.

The third-generation chief executive of Portugal’s largest listed bank, Banco Espirito Santo (BES), is set to stand down and be replaced by a non-family member. 

The 94-year-old bank’s announcement came shortly after a rights offering earlier this month that cost the Espirito Santo family their controlling stake in the Lisbon-based company.

The family had had a 54% stake, but this dropped to 46% after the €1 billion rights issue.

May 1, 2014

The non-family chairman of an international facilities management company has been appointed chairman of the Institute for Family Business (IFB).

The non-family chairman of an international facilities management company has been appointed chairman of the Institute for Family Business (IFB).

Peter Armitage, who has been the chairman of OCS Group since 2005, will take up the IFB chairmanship in June. He joined the company in 1979, and became managing director of OCS International in 2001.

During that time the company has transformed from a largely UK-based business to a group operating in 40 different countries.

March 24, 2014

French family firm PSA Peugeot Citroen has appointed its first non-family chairman, following the announcement of its recapitalisation last month, but there could be future family-member leaders waiting in the wings, according to a business and corporate governance expert based in France.

French family firm PSA Peugeot Citroen has appointed its first non-family chairman, following the announcement of its recapitalisation last month, but there could be future family-member leaders waiting in the wings, according to a business and corporate governance expert based in France.

Last week, the carmaking firm confirmed French civil servant Louis Gallois would be its new chairman, and the family’s board presence would halve to two voting members, due to the family diluting its share in the family business.

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