CampdenFB press release

PRESS RELEASE

London, 11.07.2012

Winners of the CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards announced

CampdenFB, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, announces the winners of the first European Families in Business Awards 2012.
The Awards, presented on Monday night in Amsterdam at the world-famous Heineken Brewery, are designed to recognise the top family businesses and leaders in Europe and to highlight the huge role family businesses play in contributing to employment, economic growth and even social cohesion.  
 

The Winners:

Top Family Business

OTTOBOCK

– the German prosthetic and wheelchair-maker

Top Family Business Leader

JEAN-FRANCOIS DECAUX and JEAN-CHARLES DECAUX

- from JCDecaux, the French outdoor advertiser

Top Family Business Rising Star

RAMON NÄF and SARAH FLIEG-NÄF

- from the Naef Group, a Swiss sanitation company

Top Non-Family Director

Jointly awarded:

HARTMUT JENNER, chief executive of Alfred Kärcher – the German manufacturer of cleaning machines

And:

WOLFGANG NIESSNER, chief executive of Gebrüder Weiss – the Austrian logistics company

Top Sustainable Family Business

IKEA

- the Swedish furniture company

The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 9 July, 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 attended 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 was 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, and the winners were selected from this shortlist.

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

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, Sweden

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

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

The five awards where:

Top Family Business

This was awarded to the outstanding family business in Europe, which had adhered 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 was awarded to the outstanding family business leader in Europe, who had set exemplary standards in pursuing best practices in family business stewardship, succession planning and corporate governance, and had also overseen a business that had achieved long-term growth and profit performance.

Top Family Business Rising Star

This was awarded to the outstanding next-generation leader aged 40 or under, who had 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 was awarded to the outstanding non-family director who had 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 was awarded to the outstanding sustainable family business, which had 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  launched a sister publication, NXG, which covers 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 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

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