Albert Jan Thomassen is an associate of The Family Business Consulting Group and teaches family business governance at TiasNimbas Business School. Next to that he is a consultant, speaker and moderator with a focus on ownership, governance and succession issues of business owning families.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and non-executive board member of EasyJet, also comes from a business owning family. He has publicly criticised the management of the British low-cost airline and refuses to approve the 2007 annual report.
Family businesses can often be thought of as solid and staid, not taking many risks and tied to age-old and sometimes outdated traditions. Not so, argues Albert Jan Thomassen – family businesses today are modern, proactive, diverse and up for new challenges
An increasing number of family firms discover the advantages of working with outsiders in their executive board. It’s all about finding the right chemistry and managing to balance ego, power and influence, as Marjolein de Jong and Albert Jan Thomassen explain
Growing family firms must attract the best managers and directors from outside to keep up with business challenges. But it is just as crucial to make the family business attractive for their talented next generation, says Albert Jan Thomassen
Family Business Key Issues
By Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez and John L Ward, Palgrave Macmillan
A large number of Dutch family firms created in times of economic development now face succession issues, instigating a wave of research and education activities to help and support these firms
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