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January 9, 2023

Mark Essex, course director of KPMG in the UK’s Family Business Leadership Academy, talks about his key learnings from the past 12 months.

January 3, 2023

Employers can’t survive by constantly trying to push square peg employees into round hole positions. Instead, they need to look at what’s available to them in the talent market and conjure up a solution that meets their needs… Make your holes squarer, says Mark Essex, course director of the Family Business Leadership Academy, KPMG in the UK.

“Back in the day” is a phrase my kids use a lot. Of course, they don’t mean the 1980s or even the 20th Century. They mean 2019. “You know, when you used to go to work every day, Daddy”. Leaving aside that working from home is working, there is a truth in what they observe. Especially when it comes to recruitment.

December 20, 2022

The next generation of ultra-high-net-worth family wealth holders overwhelmingly indicate they are ready for succession, according to The Next Generation Of Wealth Holders In The United States 2022, a new report from Campden Wealth and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

The next generation of ultra-high-net-worth family wealth holders overwhelmingly indicate they are ready for succession, according to The Next Generation Of Wealth Holders In The United States 2022, a new report from Campden Wealth and BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

December 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed Mansour is appointed Tory party senior treasurer; tributes are paid to Malaysian banker Teh Hong Piow; and the son of murdered billionaires triples cash reward.

Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed Mansour appointed as Tory party senior treasurer
In the run-up to the next English general election, the Conservatives have appointed Egyptian-born billionaire Mohamed Mansour  (pictured left) as senior treasurer after his company, Unatrac, has donated more than £600,000 to the party.

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been appointed as senior treasurer of the Conservative party and a member of the treasurer’s team of the party,” Mansour said in a statement.

December 13, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Bernard Arnault’s oldest son takes over as CEO of Christian Dior SE; Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai is jailed on a fraud charge; and Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa picks his crew for SpaceX's flight to the moon.

Bernard Arnault’s oldest son takes over as CEO of Christian Dior SE
Antoine Arnault, the eldest son of French billioaire Bernard Arnault, has been officially anointed as the chief executive officer of Christian Dior SE, the family owned holding company which operates luxury goods giant LVMH.

Antoine steps up as both CEO and vice-chairman, replacing Sidney Toledano, the former president of LVMH’s Fashion Group and chief of the Christian Dior Couture brand.

December 12, 2022

Coming from a family-run business that dates back to the end of the 19th Century and having worked his entire career in the construction industry, Sir James Wates CBE has built a reputation for respecting legacy and looking to the future. In an exclusive interview with Campden FB, Sir James talks about preparing the next generation and construction’s need for total disruption…

Coming from a family-run business that dates back to the end of the 19th Century and having worked his entire career in the construction industry, Sir James Wates CBE has built a reputation for respecting legacy and looking to the future.

December 8, 2022

Succession in family firms has never been such a hot topic. Change is underway at the top of family businesses, triggered largely by the pandemic, says KPMG’s Mark Essex.

Succession in family firms has never been such a hot topic. Change is underway at the top of family businesses, triggered largely by the pandemic.

December 8, 2022

As advisor to some of the most storied family offices in North America, Pascal Levensohn has built his career on mutual trust and sage advice. In an exclusive interview with Campden FB, he talks about honesty, openness and a very finely tuned bad actor radar.

“Being an outsider, as long as you can maintain independence and build relationships with different family business stakeholders, can really help with solving problems. It’s like being an honest and trusted umpire!”

Pascal Levensohn’s career has been defined by resolving risk and conflict.

December 1, 2022

Take a look at one of your most important asset classes, your talent, and start to think about how you can improve the investment, says Mark Essex.

In the struggle for talent, some of your competitors might prefer to poach your staff rather than coach their own. And if one of your best people is seduced by a golden hello from a rival, you’d be forgiven for looking again at how much you invest in your staff. Of course, it won’t be long before someone comes out with the cliché: “What if you train them and they leave? What if you don’t and they stay?”

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