An associate of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., Otis Baskin brings extensive international experience to his focus on management and governance/decision making issues in family businesses.
He has worked with family owned businesses in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America over the past 16 years. Dr. Baskin has spoken on various topics to many organizations including the Family Firm Institute (U.S.), the Family Business Network (Europe) and The Conference Board (Mexico), The World Knowledge Forum (Korea). His primary expertise is in helping business owning families develop plans for leadership succession, development of next generation leaders, and family/ownership structures/decision processes. He was the founding Director of the Family Business Forum at The University of Memphis.
Dr. Baskin is professor of management at The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University where he served as dean from 1995-2001. His academic career spans more than 25 years, including; dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at The University of Memphis; director of the School of Management at Arizona State University, West Campus; Coordinator of the Management Faculty at the University of Houston – Clear Lake; visiting scholar in Family Business at Oxford University, England, and visiting professor for Family Business at ITESM (Monterrey Tech), Mexico.
Dr. Baskin’s scholarly achievements include seven books, in addition to numerous academic articles, and published papers in the areas of organizational communication and family business. His latest book is Effective Leadership in the Family Business, coauthored with Craig Aronoff. He serves on several boards including the board of directors of EMRISE Corp., the board of directors of the California Coast World Affairs Council, and the editorial review board of the Family Business Review. He was awarded the Certificate of Director Education by the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2007. Otis and his wife, Maryan, reside in Malibu, California.
As the confectionery world waits to see the outcome of Kraft Foods’ recent surprise bid for Cadbury, many different story lines have developed, including the influence of prominent family businesses, writes Otis Baskin
This year’s annual meeting of Wal-Mart shareholders on 6 June may have ushered in a new era for the world’s largest retailer. A son-in-law, Gregory B Penner, was named to a board seat reserved for family members.
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