Mark Evans, head of Coutts Institute, has been appointed chair of the Family Firms Institute, as the family business group increases its focus on driving global membership.
He was elected on October 15th and takes over from Ronald Norelli, the founder of management-consulting firm Norelli & Company.
Evans joined Coutts in 2005, when he was recruited from JP Morgan to develop the British bank’s ultra-high net worth division.
The FFI, a body for family enterprise professionals, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has over 1,500 individual and organisational members.
The majority of members are based in the US (61%), with 15% in Europe, 8% in Latin America, 9% in Canada and 7% in other regions.
Almost 70% are advisers or consultants to family businesses.
“With more family enterprises seeking specialist advice, more advisers are looking to FFI to provide opportunities for collaboration and education,” said Evans.