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May 5, 2010

Antonio Conejero doesn’t pull any punches. “When the next generation is lazy, the company will probably die,” he says.

Antonio Conejero doesn't pull any punches. "When the next generation is lazy, the company will probably die," he says.

As head of the real estate division of his family business, Spain-based Grupo Siro, and president of the FBN next gen committee, the 38-year-old has a vested interest in ensuring his peers hear his message loud and clear.

May 5, 2010

During the life cycle of a family business, there may come a point when the current leader is ready to retire and there is no next generation member ready to take over, writes Jurgen Geerlings

During the life cycle of a family business, there may come a point when the current leader is ready to retire and there is no next generation member with the ability or the inclination to take over, writes Jurgen Geerlings. 

May 5, 2010

Arnaud Lagardère is anxious to shake off his playboy image, writes Darrell Delamaide. The 49-year-old second-generation head of Lagardère SCA, which has extensive media interests as well as an important investment in defence and aerospace, was reportedly one of the bidders in the running to acquire Playboy magazine when it was being jobbed around last year.

Arnaud Lagardère (pictured) is anxious to shake off his playboy image, writes Darrell Delamaide. The 49-year-old second-generation head of Lagardère SCA, which has extensive media interests as well as an important investment in defence and aerospace, was reportedly one of the bidders in the running to acquire Playboy magazine when it was being jobbed around last year.

April 29, 2010

Guy Wyser-Pratte, the activist investor attempting to secure key changes to the governance structure of family-controlled Lagardère, failed to win the necessary support to pass his proposals at the company’s general meeting on Tuesday.

Guy Wyser-Pratte, the activist investor attempting to secure key changes to the governance structure of family-controlled Lagardère, failed to win the necessary support to pass his proposals at the company's general meeting on Tuesday.
 
Wyser-Pratte's attempt to gain a seat on the supervisory board was rejected in the shareholder vote by 78%, while his proposals to change the share structure of the France-based media company were also rejected by 76%.
 

April 16, 2010

Arnaud Lagardere, second-generation head of the family-controlled media group Lagardere SCA, has defended his strategy and commitment to the France-based company following criticism from activist investor Guy Wyser-Pratte.

Arnaud Lagardere (pictured), second-generation head of the family-controlled media group Lagardere SCA, has defended his strategy and commitment to the France-based company following criticism from activist investor Guy Wyser-Pratte.

Wyser-Pratte is the owner of New York-based Wyser-Pratte Management Co, an active investing fund focused on undervalued European equities. He has released a series of statements attempting to rally support for his appointment to the Lagardere board.

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).

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