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July 29, 2014

John Fellowes II has this month become the fourth generation to run his family’s eponymous office products company, following his father’s retirement.

John Fellowes II has this month become the fourth generation to run his family’s eponymous office products company, following his father’s retirement.

Based in Illinois, US, Fellowes Inc, started in 1917 as a supplier of office storage boxes, three years after the US passed legislation requiring businesses to keep written records for tax purposes.

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 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.

June 2, 2014

Malcolm Glazer’s long established estate succession plan for the two sports teams he owned will ensure they remain with the Glazer family for generations to come, the family has said in a statement.

Malcolm Glazer’s long established estate succession plan for the two sports teams he owned will ensure they remain with the Glazer family for generations to come, the family has said in a statement.

Malcolm Glazer, the US real estate mogul and owner of Manchester United and NFL team the Buccaneers, has died aged 85.

The Buccaneers made a statement on their website about the future of the team.

May 23, 2014

A swift change of leadership at Mexican company Cemex following the sudden death of its fourth-generation chief executive and chairman last week highlights the importance of a solid corporate governance structure, says a family business expert.

A swift change of leadership at Mexican company Cemex following the sudden death of its fourth-generation chief executive and chairman last week highlights the importance of a solid corporate governance structure, says a family business expert.

Lorenzo Zambrano’s death from a heart attack in Madrid last Monday left directors with the task of replacing the man responsible for transforming Cemex’s regional operation into a global business.

May 6, 2014

When establishing succession arrangements business owners should always consider how such arrangements correspond with personal estate planning. One recent case, involving a family farm in Cambridgeshire, illustrates the importance of such considerations. 

When establishing succession arrangements business owners should always consider how such arrangements correspond with personal estate planning. One recent case, involving a family farm in Cambridgeshire, illustrates the importance of such considerations.

May 2, 2014

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

On Thursday, the US carmaker announced Alan Mulally, 68, who steered the company through the global financial downturn, would be stepping down as chief executive and president on 1 July.

Mark Fields, 53, who has been the company’s chief operating officer since December 2012, will replace him.

April 3, 2014

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

March 12, 2014

Family business leaders who think they “know best” and adopt a paternalistic leadership style can lead to unsuccessful succession transitions, according to new research, by leading to feelings of dissatisfaction and inertia in the next generation.

Family business leaders who think they “know best” and adopt a paternalistic leadership style can lead to unsuccessful succession transitions, according to new research, by leading to feelings of dissatisfaction and inertia in the next generation.

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