Board of Directors
The Board is in charge of the general business and strategy of the Association. The Board shall pass resolutions on all items that do no fall within the attributes and powers of the General Assembly or are not reserved for other bodies by law or under these Statutes.
Karl-Erivan W. Haub, Tengelmann Warenhandelsgesellschaft KG, Germany – Managing Partner – 5th Generation
Chairman of the Board of Directors. Karl-Erivan W. Haub, born in 1960, was awarded an MBA (LIC.OEC. hsg) from the Graduate School of Economics, Business and Public Administration in St.Gallen, Switzerland. During his studies he additionally was an apprentice to become a food retail salesman in his family’s company, the Tengelmann Group. After graduation he worked with Nestlé in the US and from 1986 to 1990 with McKinsey in Düsseldorf as Junior Consultant, Senior Consultant and Engagement Manager. In 1991 he reentered the Tengelmann Group being then responsible for the company’s development in Eastern Germany. He was appointed deputy to the Sole Managing Partner in 1992 and Chief Operating Officer for the European business divisions in 1997. When his father handed over the responsibilities to his sons in 2000, Karl-Erivan W. Haub became Chief Executive Officer of the Tengelmann Group with the responsibility for Europe. In 2007 he was appointed president of F.B.N. Germany
Farhad Forbes, Forbes Marshall, India – 2nd Generation
Vice Chairman of the Board. Farhad Forbes represents the 2nd Generation of Forbes Marshall, responsible for the Industrial Process Automation and Control Group of the Company. He has been in the company since 1982. Forbes Marshall is one of India’s leading companies in the fields of Steam Engineering, Energy Conservation, Utilities Management, and Industrial Process Automation and Control. It employs over 1100 people and has Joint Ventures and alliances in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Japan.
Alexis du Roy de Blicquy, FBN International, Switzerland
Alexis is CEO of the Family Business Network (FBN). Prior to FBN, Alexis worked for various family businesses in senior positions, including Lhoist Group, Verlinvest and Armonea, a leading elderly care group in Europe. He was also Senior Investment Officer at IFC (World Bank Group) in the Treasury, Infrastructure and Microfinance Departments. Alexis is currently member of the Board of Family Business International Foundation and member of the Advisory Board of Mind & Life Europe. A Belgian and Swiss citizen, Alexis holds a Master in Management Science from Solvay Business School and is an INSEAD IEP Graduate.
Eliane Garcia Melgaço, Algar Group, Brazil – Vice Presidente Marketing, 3rd Generation
Eliane Garcia Melgaço possesses an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) – Minas Gerais, Brazil, an MBA from Catholic University – Washington DC, USA. Eliane is responsible for creating Instituto Algar de Responsabilidade Social (Algar Institute for Social Responsibility). She is Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Sustainability at Algar Group, member of Algar Group’s Board of Directors and president of the committees on Audit and Risk, Human Talent and Corporate Governance.
Elena Zambon, Zambon S.p.A., Italy – 3rd Generation
Elena Zambon is currently Chairman of Zambon S.p.A., a pharmaceuticals multinational established in Vicenza in 1906. Elena represents the 3rd generation of the family.
She is also Deputy Chairman of ZaCh System – Zambon Advanced Fine Chemicals S.p.A. and Director of Zambon Company S.p.A., the group holding, as well as member of the Board of Unicredit, Ferrari.
Maya Faerch, Faerchfonden, Denmark – 6th Generation
Maya Faerch is 6th Generation member of Faerch Foundation, Business driving foundation. She is Leader of an Educational Program for NxG in the Faerch Foundation and co-founder and Board Member of RaMaSoCh, Investment Company, with her father and two younger brothers. Maya is also Vice-President of the NxG International Committee.
Peter Therman, Hartwall Capital Oy AB, Finland – Board member, 6th Generation
Peter Therman is a 6th generation member of the Hartwall Family. He is executive chairman for KareliaUpofloor plc (flooring), Skanditrä Ab (hardwood) and HTT 6 gen (financial investment), vice chairman of the owner’s council and former chairman of the family council. He is also an active member in FBN Finland. The Hartwall family history evolves from mineral water and brewing in 1836 to a multi-business corporation involved in flooring, department stores, equipment rental services, lifting solutions, chemical polymers and wine production.
Priscilla de Moustier, Wendel Participations, France
After studying maths, economics, political science and sovietology, and having worked for 5 years for Creusot-Loire Entreprises, in charge of commercial negotiations for turnkey factories in Russia and Central Europe, Priscilla did an MBA at INSEAD. She then joined Mc Kinsey which she left to join Berger-Levrault, a 350 year old family company. At the time of perestroika in Russia, she ran the Joint Venture Club, a franco-russian association, the purpose of which was to promote business exchanges between France and Russia. Member of the Wendel family, she has been in charge since 1997, for Wendel and Wendel-Participations, of the supervision of the Wendel International Center for Family Enterprise at INSEAD. A board member of both Wendel the listed company and the family holding Wendel-Participations which has over 1000 family shareholders and where she is president of the Family Cohesion Committe, she is also vice-president of the french chapter of FBN.
Şerife Inci Eren, Inci Holding A.S., Turkey – 2nd Generation
Mrs. Şerife İnci Eren is a Board Member and Former President of İnci Holding, a family business of more than 60 years, specialized on automotive spare parts industry (8 companies, 3000+ employees). She is also the Board Member of Hayes Lemmers İnci Jant Sanayi A.Ş. Şerife is involved in Charitable and Networking Activities (Founder and President of Family Business Association (TAİDER), President of Cevdet İnci Education Foundation (İNCİVAK), Member and Meeting Chairwoman of 2012 İzmir Economic Development and Coordination Council (İEKK), and Founder Member of Aegean Industrial Free Zone Users and Investors Association. Şerife has been awarded “Successful Businesswoman of The Year” by Dünya Newspaper in 2000, the “Melvin Jones Friendship Grand Award” by Lions Club in 2008, and the “Special Award of ‘Owning Republic in Our City, VIII.’ by Çamlaraltı College in 2008.
Fred R. Sasser, Sasser Family Holdings, USA – 3rd Generation
Sasser Family Holdings is a 4th generation family-held transportation asset services and management company. The company is currently managed by Fred R. Sasser, CEO, 3rd generation with 4th generation family members in active roles of governance of the business. The company remains 100% owned by Sasser family members, all direct descendants or in-laws of the founder, Fred H. Sasser.
Joaquin Uriach, Grupo Uriach, Spain – 5th Generation
Joaquin Uriach is President of the Board of Directors of Grupo Uriach, founded in 1838. Grupo Uriach is the oldest pharmaceutical company in Spain and the second oldest in Europe.
Joaquin is is a former member of the Family Business Advisory Committee at FFI, President of the Family Business Chapter (Esade Alumni), and member of the Board of several Family Businesses. He was founder of the Next-Generation Group at FBN Spain (IEF), former President of FBN Spain (IEF) and FBN Ambassador.
Sajen Aswani, Toralaram Group, Singapore- 3rd Generation
Sajen Aswani is CEO of Tolaram Group, Singapore-based company, founded in 1948, with companies in several business sectors – manufacturing of food, paper and textile, marketing and distribution, financial services and real estate developments in six countries. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in managing and developing industrial and trading operations in Asia, Europe and Africa. In addition to his leadership in the family business, Sajen plays a number of significant community leadership roles at local, regional and global levels. Since 2013, Sajen has been advisor to the Board of Directors of the Business Families Foundation, alongside influential thought leaders John Davis and Nadir Mohamed.
Arjun Chowgule, chowgule Group, India- 4th Generation
Arjun Chowgule is the Executive Director of Chowgule and Company – the holding company of the Chowgule Group, Industrial conglomerate with interests in commodities, logistics, engineering, trading and education. Arjun is involved at an operational level of the engineering businesses, and also oversees finance at Group level. Arjun is Vice-President of The NxG Leadership Team and member of the Host Committee for the NxG Summit 2017 in Goa.
Honorary Board Members
Hans-Jacob Bonnier, Bonnier AB (Sweden)
Former member of the Board, Chairman of the Board from 2004 to 2009 – Honorary member of the Board since 2009
Gerhard Bonnier published his first book in 1804 and since then the company has grown to become the largest media company in Scandinavia. Books, newspapers, magazines, business press, film production, broadcasting and real estate are today the main activities. The company is 100 % family owned.
Hans-Jacob Bonnier, 6th generation Bonnier family member, obtained his M.Pol.Sc. degree from Stockholm University. Hans-Jacob is Executive Vice President of Bonnier Business Press and working Chairman of the Bonnier Family Foundation, Chairman of the Swedish-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the European Business Press federation. He started the Family Business Network Member Association in Sweden in 1996.
Thierry Lombard, Landolt & Cie S.A. (Switzerland)
Former member of the Board, Chairman of the Board from 2009 to 2015 – Honorary member of the Board since 2015
Landolt & Cie SA, founded in 1780 in Lausanne, is a unique boutique Private Bank, serving families, entrepreneurs and private clients. It has all competencies to manage assets worldwide, with core and specialized competencies in the Swiss Market, from big multinationals to small startups, in Thematic investment with a rigorous open architecture for the selection of the best portfolio managers, as well as expertise in Private Equity. Landolt merges industrial, financial, philanthropic and family business expertises of the two families Landolt & Lombard.
Thierry Lombard, representing the 6th generation, served for 42 years up to the highest position of Senior Partner in Lombard Odier, a large Private Bank with 3 business lines, Private Clients, Asset Management and Technology for Banking, with 25 offices around the world in 19 jurisdictions, employing about 2300 people. In 2016, Thierry Lombard, joined his oldest son Alexis, as a shareholder and board member of Landolt & Cie SA, to help the transition, develop the asset management activities and organize the succession of the Bank. Thierry Lombard is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is active in various medical and humanitarian Foundations and published several books about Succession in Family Businesses Wealth and Philanthropy and Portfolio management.
He is the former President of the Family Business International Foundation (FBIF)
Mariano Puig Planas, Corporation Exea (Spain)
Former member of the Board, Honorary member of the Board since 2004
Mariano Puig is former Chairman of PUIG, a $2 billion revenue multinational fashion, perfumery and cosmetics company. The main brands of the group are the world-renowned Puig, Paco Rabanne (Paris), Nina Ricci (Paris), Carolina Herrera (New York), Jean Paul Gaultier (Paris) and with contractual agreements with Valentino (Milan) and Prada (Milan).
He is the former Chairman of Exea, the Puig Family’s own holding that owns Isdin (50%), Uriage and Flamagas with factories in Spain, China, India and Vietnam.
Mr. Puig is a Founder Member of the Spanish “Instituto de la Empresa Familiar” and served as President from 1995 to 1997.
He is a Founder and now Honorary President of the European Family Business, EFB, which is an umbrella for all the associations of Family Businesses of the member states, representing them before the economic authorities of the EU in Brussels.