Board of directors

The Board oversees the general business and strategy of FBN. It is composed of 14 FBN members and the CEO, who is Secretary to the Board


Farhad Forbes

Forbes Marshall, India – G2, FBN Chairman

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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.

Elena Zambon

Zambon S.p.A., Italy – G3

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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.

Alexander Scott

Applerigg, UK - G4, FBN Treasurer

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A fourth-generation family business owner, leader and strategist, Alex is Chairman of Applerigg, a private, family-owned business built on the foundations of a financial services group established by his great-grandfather in 1903. Following his leadership of the sale of Provincial Insurance Group in 1994, Alex founded the first of the Applerigg group portfolio companies: Sandaire, an international multi-family investment office, later joined by Yealand Administration, a funds administration company; Mount Kendal, a real estate investment advisor; and Horizons, a contemporary network and learning environment for the leaders of tomorrow. He is a Non-Executive Director of his family’s investment holding company, as well as of several private companies. Alex is a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, and chairs the Grosvenor Pension Plan and Wheatsheaf Group. He is a member of the Board of the Family Business Network International, co-founded and is a Life President of the Institute for Family Business (UK) and has served as a Director of the Family Firm Institute Inc. He is a Trustee of the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Patron of Tomorrow’s Company. Alex graduated from Exeter College, Oxford with an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and holds an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.

Alexis du Roy de Blicquy

CEO, FBN, Belgium / Switzerland

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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.

Maya Faerch

Faerchfonden, Denmark – G6

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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 a former Vice-President of the NxG International Committee.

Fred R. Sasser

Sasser Family Holdings, USA – G3

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Fred R. Sasser is a third generation Sasser Family member.  Fred entered the business in 1973, eventually leading the business as CEO for 36 years, transitioning this position to a non-family CEO in 2016.  In 2019, Fred handed the Chair of the Board position to the company’s first non-family Chair, while still remaining a stockholder and Chair Emeritus.

Role within FBN:

  • FBN-I Board of Directors
  • Member of FBN-I Polaris Steering Committee
  • Chair of FBN-USA Chapter
  • FBN-USA Board of Directors

Key Topics of Experience

  • Role of family business in the economy
  • Succession within family enterprises
  • Governance of family enterprises
  • Introduction of independent directors
  • Transition to initial non-family CEO

Joaquin Uriach

Grupo Uriach, Spain – G5

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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

Tolaram Group, Singapore- G3

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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 & Co, G4, India, President NxG

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Arjun is a 4th generation member of the Chowgule Family - a group that is headquartered in India with global operations in commodities, logistics, engineering and trading. Arjun completed his BA in Economics from the University of Durham and his MA in Organisation Studies from the University of Warwick. He works in the family business managing the group finance operations and parts of the engineering business. He is also associated with a number of industry initiatives and currently co-chairs the skill development initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry (Western Region). Arjun was also on the drafting committee for the education vision document of the present Indian government. He is a volunteer with the Art of Living Foundation and teaches their yoga and meditation programs aimed at youths. 

Valentine Barbier-Mueller

Société Privée de Gérance, G3, Switzerland, Vice President NxG

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Valentine Barbier-Mueller is a third-generation member of the SPG-RYTZ Group in Switzerland, which operates in real-estate services.

Before joining the family business, Valentine worked with innovative organizations, such as Swiss project Solar Impulse, and Techstars-backed startup Codementor. With her sisters and cousins, she also founded Les Muses BM, an ethnic-inspired jewellery brand that perpetuates the century-old family tradition in the world’s arts and cultures.
Valentine is the Vice-President of the NxG Leadership Team. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from King’s College London and an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from ESADE Business School.

Philippe Grodner

Simone Perele, France, G2

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Philippe Grodner holds a MBA from Essec in France. He has been CEO and President of Simone Perele since 1978. Since 2016, he is member of the Board of METI, a French middle-sized companies syndicate, lobbying for legal and tax regulations. Since 2016, Philippe is President of FBN France.

Mark Oliver Schreiter

Erco, Germany, G3

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Mark Oliver is Managing Director of ERCO GmbH. Representing the third generation of the family in the ERCO Managing Board, he is also a member of the supervisory board of Carpe Diem GBS mbH, an elderly care group in Germany, and his other family business. Mark Oliver holds a MA degree in History and Economics from University of Cologne and is a board member of the German FBN Chapter.

Alessandra Nishimura

Jacto Group, Brazil, G3

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Alexandra was the Next Gen Coordinator and FBN Brazil Board Member for seven years. Alessandra is a part of the the group of founders of the recently launched NowGen Community. 
Currently she is a board member of the Jacto Group, leads the family governance, and is devoted to philanthropy. She is the co-founder of Arvore da Cidadania, a project that encourages volunteer work. Alessandra is a Board Member of the IDF-Instituto de Desenvolvimento Familiar, as the Family Responsible Company Program.

Günseli Ünlütürk

Sun Tekstil, Turkey, G1

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Günseli Ünlütürk is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sun Tekstil's retail brand Jimmy Key; she is also serving on the Board of Directors of Sun Textile and Ekoten at Sun Group. As one of the founders of Sun Textile and Ekoten; she has served in different positions in the family business and played an active role in Sun Tekstil's growth journey since establishment in 1987.

Role within FBN-I

  • Founder members of TAIDER Family Business Association, member association of FBN-I. 
  • Board member of TAIDER for 2017-2019 period and leader of Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee.

George Terberg

Terberg Group, Netherland, G4

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George Terberg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Terberg Group. They have over 30 family shareholders and have started the preparations of the 5th generation.
George is in the process of handing over operational tasks to other executives allowing him to have more time and flexibility to other activities. With 28 operating companies in 11 countries, Terberg is one of the largest independent specialist vehicle suppliers, from terminal tractors to cars, conversions to new builds. Turnover reaching 1 billion. In 2017 they have won the Family Business Award in the Netherlands. They are one of the founding members of FBNed.