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Ana Botin

January 23, 2019

How will family businesses fare in 2019? What will be the major trends to shape their experience or to watch out for? We’ve put our thinking caps on to forecast five key family business trends in 2019. 

The start of 2019 signals the start of prediction season. This year there’s plenty of grand forecasts about geopolitical and macroeconomic changes from trade wars to a cooling Chinese, US, and global economy in a year of transformation and disruption.

May 18, 2018

Family-controlled Swedish investment house Kinnevik is set to appoint Dame Amelia Fawcett as its new chairman. It has had female leaders for 11 of the past 13 years.

Family-controlled Swedish investment house Kinnevik is set to appoint Dame Amelia Fawcett as its new chairman at its AGM on 21 May.

The proposed election underlines the digital innovator’s tradition of female leadership that has seen female chairs helming it for 11 out of the past 13 years.

Fawcett, a former Morgan Stanley executive who chaired the Guardian Media Group for seven years, has been deputy chairman since 2013.

June 24, 2015

Danish family business Danfoss has been awarded the top honour at this year's CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards in Rome.

Danish family business Danfoss has been awarded the top honour at this year's CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards in Rome.

Italy’s own Illy family, behind the eponymous coffee, was awarded with the top sustainable business award.

Held in association with Societe Generale Private Banking at a gala dinner at St Regis Hotel, the annual awards, now in their fourth year, recognise European family businesses that excel in stewardship and governance, as well as revenue growth and profits.

May 13, 2015

CampdenFB, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, has announced the shortlist for the European Families in Business Awards 2015.

CampdenFB, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, has announced the shortlist for the European Families in Business Awards 2015.

A judging panel composed of family business leaders and business school experts decided the shortlist, whittled down from more than 250 nominations.

The winners will be announced during a gala dinner on 23 June 2015 at the St Regis Hotel in Rome, Italy.

April 20, 2015

Whether its family members taking over top leadership positions, or businesses that have won awards for their employee engagement, we’ve got the leaders steering their family businesses in innovative and interesting directions 

Welcome to the Top 50 Family Business Leaders List 2015 – the fifth time CampdenFB has compiled its list of leading lights.

November 25, 2014

In her first major move since becoming chair, Santander fourth-gen Ana Botin has appointed a new chief executive to lead the family-owned Spanish bank, and made four new appointments to the board.

In her first major move since becoming chair, Santander fourth-gen Ana Botin has appointed a new chief executive to lead the family-owned Spanish bank, and made four new appointments to the board.

October 29, 2014

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

September 11, 2014

Fourth generation Ana Botin has become the most powerful woman in European banking, following her unanimous appointment to the head of Banco Santander.

Fourth generation Ana Botin has become the most powerful woman in European banking, following her unanimous appointment to the head of Banco Santander.

The decision by the board of directors came less than 24 hours after the death of her father Emilio Botin, 79, who suffered a heart attack on Tuesday evening.

September 10, 2014

Third-gen chairman of Santander Emilio Botin has died of a heart attack on Tuesday, at the age of 79 – with the board set to decide on a successor to the iconic Spanish businessman as early as this afternoon.

Third-gen chairman of Santander Emilio Botin has died of a heart attack on Tuesday, at the age of 79 – with the board set to decide on a successor to the iconic Spanish businessman as early as this afternoon.

Botin is credited with turning the domestic bank into the eurozone’s largest lender – something that would shield the family business from Spain’s future economic woes.

He was still actively involved in the family business right up to his death, reportedly even scrutinizing individual loans made through the lender.

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