Danish family business Danfoss has been awarded the top honour at this year's CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards in Rome, while 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.
Patrick Folléa, deputy head of Societe Generale Private Banking said: “We are very proud to be associated with these Awards celebrating European family businesses. Indeed, all these family businesses play a vital role in the European economy by creating employment of course, but also by embodying values - fighting spirit, risk-taking, long-term vision, sense of responsibility, that are essential in our society.”
Nicholas Moody, editor of CampdenFB, said: “The night was filled with some wonderful, and heartfelt speeches from our winners and finalists. The Clausen’s family business, Danfoss, were worthy winners of the top award and it was wonderful to see such great finalists and winner in the inaugural Next Generation Entrepreneur category.”
CampdenFB, the leading global magazine for family businesses with revenues over $100 million, received almost 250 online public nominations from more than 15 countries for the awards. A panel of seven judges including family business leaders and academics had the tough task of reducing this to five finalists across six categories.
These categories included: Top Family Business; Top Family Business Leader; Top Rising Star; Top Next-Gen Entrepreneur; Top Non-Family Executive; Top Sustainable Family Business.
CampdenFB would like to offer our sincere thanks to our sponsors Societe Generale, as well as this year’s exemplary panel of judges: Peter Armitage, group chairman at UK family business OCS; Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette, chairwoman at French family business Sonepar; Alfredo de Massis, director at Lancaster University’s Centre for Family Business; Anne Berner, co-chair of Women Corporate Directors’ (WCD) Family Business Council; Andy Rubin, chairman of UK family business Pentland Brands; and Sylvain Daudel, director at Edhec Family Business Center.
The full list of winners are:
Top Family Business of the Year
Danfoss Group (Denmark)
Top Family Business Leader of the Year
Ana Botín – Santander (Spain)
Top Family Business Rising Star of the Year
Catharina Prym – Prym (Germany)
Top Next Gen Entrepreneur Award
Hugo Peris – Loop Therapeutics (Spain)
Top Non-Family Director of the Year
Jochen Zeitz – Kering (France)
Top Sustainable Family Business of the Year
Illy Caffe (Italy)
Notes for editors
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