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February 2, 2011

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche announced on 3 February that its full-year net profits rose by 11% year-on-year, despite putting into place a cost saving restructuring program.

In a statement, the family-controlled company said that its profits increased in 2010 to 8.67 billion Swiss francs (€6.71 billion), from 7.78 billion francs the year before. However, its sales for the year reduced by 3%, attributed to the poor performance of its flu drug Tamiflu.

May 6, 2008

The shareholders of family-controlled Aflac Inc have overwhelmingly approved the company's pay-for-performance compensation policies.

The shareholders of family-controlled Aflac Inc have overwhelmingly approved the company's pay-for-performance compensation policies – a strategy put forward by second-generation chairman and CEO Daniel P Amos (pictured).

Ninety three percent of votes were cast in favour of "Say-on-Pay" with only 2.5% against. The historic vote marks the first time shareholders were empowered to vote on executive compensation at a public company in the US.

January 1, 2008

Now that the family has put its governing board in place it faces the challenge of how to effectively communicate with the directors and how to reward them. Randel Carlock and Ludo Van der Heyden offer some advice

Randel Carlock from INSEAD is Berghmans Lhoist professor in entrepreneurial leadership and director of Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise.
Ludo Van der Heyden is Solvay Professor of Technological Innovation.

Now that the family has put its governing board in place it faces the challenge of how to effectively communicate with the directors and how to reward them. Randel Carlock and Ludo Van der Heyden offer some advice

September 1, 2002

Patrimonial firms on European stock exchanges

© INSEAD, 2002. This contribution is based on INSEAD studies authored by Christine Blondel, Nicholas Rowell and Ludo Van der Heyden (Paris and London), and Sabine Klein and Christine Blondel (Frankfurt). The studies benefited from the financial support of BNP Paribas Banque Privée, and the Tetra Laval Research Fund for the Large Family Firm. Tias Business School  conducted the study of Dutch and Belgian stock exchanges using the same methodology (Drs Albert Jan Thomassen).

Patrimonial firms on European stock exchanges

June 1, 2002

It’s about control: family businesses in Germany

Sabine Klein is Research Fellow, Family Firm Initiative at INSEAD, Fontainebleu, France; lecturer, Trier University, Germany; and Associate of The Family Business Consulting Group.

It's about control: family businesses in Germany

February 1, 2002

So, are family businesses performing better?

". . . when they are strong, they are the best . . . when they are bad, they are horrid"
Katherine Graham, former family CEO of the Washington Post Company

January 1, 2002

Surprising realities about large family businesses in France

When the words 'family business' are mentioned, some people still think it refers to smaller companies – backward-looking firms with their roots in the past and doomed to disappear. Even though national surveys from many countries regularly suggest that four of every five business enterprises operate under family ownership and control, their predominance is perceived as exaggerated or in some way abstract. The prevalent model of 'business'– communicated by business schools and referred to in the media – is that of a large company, traded on the stock exchange, and with spread ownership.

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