CampdenFB press release

PRESS RELEASE
London,  25 June 2012

EUROPEAN FAMILIES IN BUSINESS AWARDS: CAMPDENFB RELEASES SHORTLIST OF THE TOP FAMILY BUSINESSES AND LEADERS IN EUROPE

CampdenFB has published its shortlist of the top family businesses and leaders in Europe. The shortlist will go forward to the first ever European Families in Business Awards, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, to take place in Amsterdam on 9 July.

After an exhaustive nomination and judging process (please see notes below for the selection details), the following candidates have been shortlisted in five categories:

 

Top Family Business

De’Longhi
Gebrüder Weiss
Hermès Group
Lego Group
Ottobock

Top Family Business Leader

Rodolfo De Benedetti – Cir Group/Cofide
Jean-François Decaux& Jean-Charles Decaux – JCDecaux
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller– Trumpf
Richard Oetker – Oetker Group
Juan Roig – Mercadona

Top Family Business Rising Star

James Ferragamo – Salvatore Ferragamo Group
Jens Fiege – Fiege Group
Sarah Flieg-Näf& Ramon Näf– Naef Group
Anne Kirstine Riemann – Riemann
Cristina Stenbeck – Investment AB Kinnevik

Top Non-Family Director

Per-Arne Andersson – Kinnarps AB
Hartmut Jenner – Kärcher
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp – Lego Group
Wolfgang Niessner – Gebrüder Weiss
Patrick Thomas – Hermès Group

Top Sustainable Family Business
Bavaria – The Netherlands
bioMérieux – France
Ikea – Sweden
Italcementi Group - Italy
Wates Group – The UK

Family businesses are crucial to the health of Europe’s economy, contributing to around 50% of all employment in the eurozone. Given their importance to the region, family businesses will be crucial to the recovery of many of the hard-pressed economies in Europe in the years ahead.

“These shortlisted companies and individuals are at the vanguard of businesses in Europe, adhering to the best practices in family business governance and stewardship,” said David Bain, Editorial Director of Campden Wealth. “They have also achieved, or have been behind achieving, stellar results over much of the last few years. Indeed, they provide a role model for family businesses and non-family businesses alike.”

''Wealthy families tend to build their fortunes through their entrepreneurial activities and Societe Generale Private Banking is already a long-standing and trusted partner of many of Europe's leading family businesses, said Jean-François Mazaud, Head of Societe Generale Private Banking. ''Family businesses continue to represent an important and strategic area of development for us so we are delighted to be associated with these new Awards, which give deserved recognition to these dynamic and innovative businesses.''

The final winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on 9 July, which will be held at the Heineken Brewery, itself one of the Netherlands’ most iconic family-run businesses. Many of Europe’s top family business leaders and next-gens will be in attendance at the Awards.

For more information about the Awards contact:

David Bain
Editorial Director
CampdenFB
+44 (0)20 7214 0585
davidbain@campden.com

Notes for editors

The selection process has been made by firstly offering CampdenFB readers the opportunity to propose top companies/leaders for each category. A team of five judges then decided a shortlist from 150 nominations, which the winners will be selected from and announced at the Awards on 9 July.

The judges for the European Families in Business Awards, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, are:

Guido Corbetta
Aidaf-Alberto Falck professor of strategic management in family business
Professor of corporate strategy
Bocconi University, Italy

Tom Rüsen
Witten Institute for Family Business
Managing director
Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

Leif Melin
Director and head of the Centre for Family Enterprise & Ownership
Jönköping International Business School in Sweden

Jozef Lievens
Head of the Family Business Network in Belgium
 
David Bain
Editorial director
Campden Wealth

In order to be considered for the award, the family business must have annual revenues of at least €100 million, have at least second generation or more of family involvement in the business and the family needs to control at least 25% of the voting rights in the business. The business will also need to be headquartered in Europe.

The five awards are:

Top Family Business
This will be awarded to the outstanding family business in Europe, which adheres to the best practices in family business stewardship, succession planning and corporate governance, coupled with long-term growth and profit performance.

Top Family Business Leader
This will be awarded to the outstanding family business leader in Europe, who has set exemplary standards in pursuing best practices in family business stewardship, succession planning and corporate governance, and has also overseen a business that has achieved long-term growth and profit performance.

Top Family Business Rising Star
This will be awarded to the outstanding next-generation leader under the age of 40, who has shown impressive entrepreneurial talent in the context of the family business and/or outside of the family business, as well as having adhered to the principles and culture that have underpinned the success of the family business.

Top Non-Family Director
This will be awarded to the outstanding non-family director who has shown exemplary managerial and entrepreneurial skills, as well as adhering to the principles and culture that have underpinned the success of the family business.

Top Sustainable Family Business
This will be awarded to the outstanding sustainable family business, which has shown exemplary economic, social and environmental standards throughout the business over a period of at least five years.

About CampdenFB

CampdenFB/CampdenFB.com is the premier global publication covering the family business sector, having chronicled the sector for more than 10 years. The publication comes out four times a year and is distributed to family business owners across the world, including all the members of the Family Business Network. CampdenFB is aimed at larger family businesses, however, its profiles and strategy articles are pertinent not just for all family businesses, but for all private sector businesses. In July, CampdenFB will be launching a sister publication, NXG, which will cover the next generation of family business leaders and entrepreneurs.

About Campden Media

Campden Media Ltd, founded in 1987, is a mixed-media publishing and events company serving initially wealth owners like family businesses and family offices. It does this through publications such as CampdenFB and CampdenFO – which covers the family office sector – conferences and research. For more information visit:  www.campden.com and www.campdenwealth.com