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October 26, 2011

One of Europe's biggest logistics companies is grooming the management skills of the sons of the two brothers who run the business. Rashmi Kumar asks whether the German company has struck upon the perfect succession plan.

Felix and Jens Fiege could easily be Europe’s poster boys of next- generation family business success.

Cousins Felix and Jens are the fifth generation of the Fiege family to work at the eponymous business, set up more than a century ago by their great-great-grandfather Joan Joseph Fiege in the small town of Greven in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

September 26, 2011

There are limits to how far you can develop a business in the world’s most dangerous region – even more so if that country happens to be Israel.

There are limits to how far you can develop a business in the world’s most dangerous region – even more so if that country happens to be Israel.

When you’ve fought recent wars with some of your neighbours it’s not exactly easy to open a new factory or outlet in the neighbouring country, nor plan a regional marketing strategy – areas of little concern for companies in Europe and the US.

January 1, 2002

The Zegna Group, winners of the IMD Distinguished Family Business Award 2000, have successfully redefined and adapted their textile and menswear business to the changing world—never losing sight of the legacy of its founder

The beginnings of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group as a family business can be traced back to the birth of Angelo Zegna in 1859 in the northwestern part of Italy known as Piedmont. Born the fourth child of a farmer, Angelo first worked as a watchmaker. He later became a weaver, which is not surprising, since wool-making and weaving was the most common industry in this isolated and impoverished mountainous area.

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