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December 4, 2009

To kick-off our look into successful seniors, Campden FB presents 10 family business leaders who have grown, shaped and left indelible legacies on both the corporate landscape and their own families

To kick-off our look into successful seniors, Campden FB presents 10 family business leaders who have grown, shaped and left indelible legacies on both the corporate landscape and their own families 

October 22, 2009

It is hard to remain positive when we are surrounded with negativity: rising unemployment, falling revenues and hardship dominate the headlines. Yet now is the perfect time to turn bad news into good, writes Peter Thomas.

It is hard to remain positive when we are surrounded with negativity: rising unemployment, falling revenues and hardship dominate the daily headlines. Yet now is the perfect time to focus on the positive and turn bad news into good, writes Peter Thomas.

The global economic downturn, which has touched all of us in some way, presents us with the perfect opportunity to rethink what's important in life and the true meaning of success. From there, we can focus on how to achieve success, or more of it, for those already on their way.

August 27, 2009

What makes a great family business leader? This is a question with no correct answer, and different times call for different types of leadership. Mary Kay Mudd, director of new business development at her family’s business, Mudd Advertising

What makes a great family business leader? This is a question with no correct answer, and different times call for different types of leadership. Mary Kay Mudd (pictured), director of new business development at her family's business, Mudd Advertising, and a member of the Family Business Network's Next Generation Committee, says she can identify two types of leadership within her own family.

August 27, 2009

Professor Randel Carlock, INSEAD’s Berghmans Lhoist chaired professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, outlines strategies to help your family business through the current storm.

In recent months many firms have laid off employees, shelved growth plans and cut budgets as the recession and general pessimism continues to afflict the business world. Amid the deepest and most widespread economic downturn for more than 50 years, international trade is forecast to fall by more than 13% and world economic activity to shrink by 2.7%, according to Paris-based body the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

December 11, 2008

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced that Osamu Suzuki, the company’s chairman and CEO, will also take over the roles of president and COO following the resignation of Hiroshi Tsuda for health reasons.

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced that Osamu Suzuki, the company’s chairman and CEO, will also take over the roles of president and COO following the resignation of Hiroshi Tsuda for health reasons.

Mr Suzuki, who will shortly turn 79, is married to the daughter of the company’s second president from the founding family. He will be charged with leading the company through the global recession.

At a press conference he said he was in fine health, but admitted that the economic climate meant he was acting beyond the call of many people his age.

May 1, 2007

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split.

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

September 1, 2006

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates. Dr. Davidow has more than 20 years of experience working with family controlled enterprises. He is based in Brookline, MA.

July 1, 2006

Not many family businesses manage to survive the disruption of several generational transitions – with family and business still in tact. Dennis Jaffe presents a family who have managed just that and who offer some advice to expanding family businesses

Dennis Jaffe is a founding partner of Relative Solutions, professor at Saybrook Graduate School and author of Working With the Ones You Love.

Not many family businesses manage to survive the disruption of several generational transitions  – with family and business still in tact. Dennis Jaffe presents a family who have managed just that and who offer some advice to expanding family businesses

July 1, 2006

Jim, aged 66, is the founding entrepreneur of a successful manufacturing company, with annual sales of $200 million, and has gradually transferred ownership of the business to the second generation. All five siblings, each employed in the company, will eventually own 20% of the business. Apart from their comfortable home, local farmland and $500,000 invested conservatively, all the assets of Jim and his wife Beth have been re-invested in JB Enterprises.

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