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June 3, 2016

Middle Eastern family businesses facing the challenges of planning succession are set to benefit from the region’s first bilingual governance code.

Middle Eastern family businesses facing the challenges of planning succession are set to benefit from the region’s first bilingual governance code.

The voluntary guide is aimed at large businesses that are going through either first, second, or third generation transitions.

It is a response by the Family Business Council-Gulf (FBCG), the regional association of Family Business Network, to the growing issue of succession in the six countries within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC).

May 25, 2016

PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) has set up an Asia-Pacific family business hub in Singapore, the island city-state where 89% of family businesses do not have a succession plan.

PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) has set up an Asia-Pacific family business hub in Singapore, the island city-state where 89% of family businesses do not have a succession plan.

Sian Steele, PwC UK family business leader who helped established the centre, said issues facing family businesses are universal.

However, Asia Pacific family business owners do not have the networking, communication, and support as developed in mature markets when they confront transition issues from first to second and second to third ownerships, Steele said.

May 12, 2016

The case of US billionaire Sumner Redstone highlights tensions when the mental capacity of business leaders is questioned.

The case of US billionaire Sumner Redstone highlights tensions when the mental capacity of business leaders is questioned.

February 5, 2016

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

 

National Amusements third-gen Shari Redstone was the only vote from the board of directors at Viacom, her family’s media empire, opposing the appointment of Philippe Dauman as chairman on Thursday.

Her father, Sumner Redstone, 92, announced his retirement on Thursday. He had announced his retirement as chairman of the family’s other media empire CBS on Wednesday, where he will be replaced by its existing CEO and president Leslie Moonves.

February 3, 2016

The global financial crisis has messed with retirement timelines in family businesses, according to research out of the US, as Baby Boomers have focused on keeping their businesses afloat rather than succession planning.

The global financial crisis has messed with retirement timelines in family businesses, according to research out of the US, as Baby Boomers have focused on keeping their businesses afloat rather than succession planning.

Despite the fact that 62% of senior-generation owners plan to pass on their business within the next decade only 35% have a clear succession plan, the Kreischer Miller report said. Over half (51%) do not have a succession plan at all.

November 12, 2015

The bulk of successful family businesses place responsibility for succession planning with the board of directors, according to a new report, with shareholder councils and the chief executive the next most popular options.

The bulk of successful family businesses place responsibility for succession planning with the board of directors, according to a new report, with shareholder councils and the chief executive the next most popular options.

Preparing or procrastinating?, released by EY, also found that boards of directors are more likely to prioritise next generation education and preparation.

August 28, 2015

New Zealand’s most successful jewellery chain will fall into the hands of the second generation in November, following a vote at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

New Zealand’s most successful jewellery chain will fall into the hands of the second generation in November, following a vote at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

Michael Hill International launched in 1979, with one shop opened in Whangarei, a small city of just 54,000 people, but today has 300 stores across Australia, New Zealand and North America.

The jewellery business, which is now headquartered in Australia, last year had revenues of AU$505.6 million.

July 9, 2015

While many family businesses struggle with succession planning, a former fifth-generation chairman at the UK’s William Jackson Food Group says the leadership transition to his younger brother could be described as “text bookish”.

While many family businesses struggle with succession planning, a former fifth-generation chairman at the UK’s William Jackson Food Group says the leadership transition to his younger brother could be described as “text bookish”.

Christopher Oughtred retired from the Yorkshire-headquartered family business in 2007. William Jackson Food owns a number of household food brands, including frozen foods producer Aunt Bessie’s and organic food delivery business Abel & Cole.

February 10, 2015

Months after Subway founder and president Fred DeLuca returned to work following chemotherapy for leukaemia, the fast-food chain has this week confirmed his sister has taken on increased leadership responsibilities at the fast-food chain.

Months after Subway founder and president Fred DeLuca returned to work following chemotherapy for leukaemia, the fast-food chain has this week confirmed his sister has taken on increased leadership responsibilities at the fast-food chain.

Suzanne Greco is already senior vice president, a member of the board of directors, and the strategic planning committee, and has been involved with the US food business since it was founded in 1965.

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