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August 30, 2019

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

November 16, 2018

Bombardier to cut 5000 jobs in restructuring, Thailand conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group bids for rail project, and Volkswagen in talks with Ford to invest in self-driving unit Argo.

Bombardier to cut 5000 jobs in restructuring

Canadian aerospace giant Bombardier is to cut 5,000 jobs as part of an effort to streamline operations and reduce costs.

Bombardier said the 7% reduction of its workforce over the next 12 to 18 months will save the company about $250 million a year by 2021, with the job cuts mostly coming from the company’s engineering and management ranks.

April 13, 2018

Maersk eyes female CFO candidates, Tengelmann hit by back-to-back tragedies, and VW to replace stopgap chief.

Maersk eyes female CFO candidates

Maersk may hire its first female chief financial officer to join its all-male executive, following its election of one of the least gender-diverse boards in Denmark.

March 22, 2018

Nordstrom ends talks with founding family, Porsche put next-gen in the driver's seat, and Ofers divide assets to avoid competition law

Nordstrom ends talks with founding family

Nordstrom have ended discussions with its founding family over re-privatising the business, following 10 months of negotiations.

The fashion retailer had appointed a committee to negotiate with the family—who own just over 30%—on behalf of shareholders, but the parties had been unable to reach an agreement and this week Nordstrom announced it had “terminated” discussions.

December 7, 2017

Mars moves in on healthy snacks by investing in Kind, VW expects record sales despite emissions scandal, and which cities contain the most ultra-highnet worth people?

Mars moves in on healthy snacks

Mars, famous for its sweet treats, has invested in a $4 billion healthy snack maker, as it diversifies in the face of growing hostility towards sugar-laden foods.

The terms of the deal, which saw Mars acquire a minority stake in Kind, were not disclosed. The Financial Times quoted “people familiar with the matter” as saying Kind had a value of $4 billion and turned over $700 million a year.

March 21, 2017

Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is in talks to sell the majority of his shares in holding company Porsche SE in a move that could threaten its future as a family-run business. 

Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is in talks to sell the majority of his shares in the holding company Porsche SE in a move that could threaten its future as a family-run business.

The news comes several weeks after Piech stirred controversy when he allegedly told Volkswagen’s internal investigators that he confronted former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the emissions scandal in March 2015.

March 17, 2017

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises to pay $3 billion for Australia’s Alinta Energy; Volkswagen targets Bay Area in $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure deal; and Nintendo doubles production on Switch console

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises to pay $3 billion for Australia’s Alinta Energy

 

February 3, 2017

LVMH to a grip on eyewear market with Marcolin deal; Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as top company, despite cheating scandal; and Bosch pays $330 million compensation in VW cheating scandal

LVMH to focus on eyewear market with Marcolin deal

French family-owned luxury giant LVMH have taken a 10% stake in spectacle maker Marcolin as it looks to tighten its grip on the eyewear market.

The news comes just one week after another family-owned eyewear group, Luxottica, and its French rival Essilor agreed to a €46 billion ($49 billion) merger to combat increasing competition from large luxury players, such as LVMH.

January 6, 2017

Goya Foods donates 10,000 pounds of food per month to Catholic diocese; Walmart Reaches Deal With Visa to End Credit-Card Ban in Canada; and Volkswagen Group says ‘auf wiedersehen’ to official language

Goya Foods donates 10,000 pounds of food per month to Catholic diocese

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, has revealed it will donate 125,000 pounds of food to an agency dedicated to serving the less fortunate in northern New Jersey.

Based in Jersey City, Goya Foods will send 10,000 pounds of food each month to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, which will distribute the goods to Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties.

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