Round Table Event

Why Attend?

Increasingly, family businesses are seeking industry professionals from outside the family who have the specific expertise and experience of managing and growing complex businesses.

The Professional Managers Lunch is the only event to recognise the specific challenges of this unique group and provide a forum where their experiences of managing family issues from the outside can be shared. It will provide a valuable opportunity to learn from peer expertise, define best practice for professional managers and build a supportive network for this growing community. 

The event will adhere to Chatham House Rules and will include talks from Patrick Thomas and Morten Bennedsen. 

Places are strictly limited to 20 professional managers.


keynote Speakers

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas is best known for being ex-CEO of French luxury brand Hermes, smoothing the way for next generation family head Axel Dumas to take over the business. But the whole of his extraordinary career was spent in family-owned firms, including Pernod Ricard (of which he became CFO aged just 33), German cosmetics brand Lancaster and British spirits company William Grant & Sons. He will talk about his experiences and offer his unique insight into leading a complex, high-profile family-owned business. 

Morten Bennedsen

The André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise at INSEAD business school, Morten has also consulted for the Danish government and World Bank on family business issues. His recent book The Family Business Map looked at the governance issues facing family businesses in the west and Asia, and included 30 in-depth case-studies of family firms. Morten will discuss the benefits – and problems – of professional managers, and current best-practice in some of the world’s most successful family-controlled firms. 




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