#Corporate News — 04.07.2019

European Families in Business Awards

BNP Paribas Wealth Management is proud to be the main sponsor of Europe’s most prestigious Families In Business Awards organised by @CampdenFB recognizing the most sophisticated Family Offices in Europe. The 8th Awards ceremony took place in Milan on the 2nd of July after a full day of conference marked by interventions from high profile speakers and panelists that hosted over 100 prominent multigenerational family businesses from all across Europe. The conference was made of round tables discussions and sharing different experiences. BNPPWM had the opportunity to go onstage twice: Rémi Frank (Head of Key Client Group, BNP Paribas Wealth Management) expressed his views on “Growth - and how to sustain it?”, while Giovanni Ajassa (Head of Research, BNL-BNP Paribas) and Chiara Bima (Head of the Key Client Group in Italy, BNL-BNP Paribas Private Banking) discussed about the impact that political and economic outlook will have on Family Businesses.


A high profile panel of judges* recognized outstanding leaders and families for their achievements, with the 2019 winners as follows:

Top Sustainable Family Business of the Year: Henkel—Henkel family (Germany)

Top Family Business of the Year: Meliá Hotels International—Escarrer family (Spain)

Top Family Business Leader of the Year: Tomaso Trussardi—Trussardi (Italy)

Top Family Business Rising Star: Emanuele Preve—Riso Gallo (Italy)

Top Next-Generation Entrepreneur Award: Selin Yigitbasi-Ducker—Goodsted (United Kingdom/Turkey)

Top Non-Family Director of the Year: Michele Norsa—Multiple businesses (Italy)

*Nominees were judged by five family business leaders and specialists: Harri Broman, chief executive of Finland’s Broman Group, which won the Top Family Business Award 2013; Prof Alfredo De Massis; chairman in Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Lancaster University Management School and director of the school's Centre for Family Business; Lydia Forte, Group Director of Food and Beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels and winner of the Top Family Business Rising Star Award 2018; Andy Rubin, chairman of Pentland Brands, which won the Top Family Business Award in 2014; and Nicholas Moody, editor of CampdenFB

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Award winners join hosts BNP Paribas Wealth Management and CampdenFB on stage at the CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards 2019, in the Four Seasons Hotel, Milan, on 2 July. On stage (from left) Remi Frank (BNP Paribas Wealth Management), Konstantin von Unger (Henkel), Tomaso Trussardi (Trussardi), Selin Yigitbasi-Ducker (Goodsted), Michele Norsa (Multiple businesses), Sofia Merlo (BNP Paribas Wealth Management), James Beech (CampdenFB). CREDIT: Antonio Sansica


Distinguished business families have been key drivers of economic growth and sustainability across the continent for decades. BNP Paribas Wealth Management is convinced that in a changing world family businesses are islands of stability with a long-term vision.

“This award underlines our commitment to support family businesses over the long term and to accompany them at every phase of their financial journey building the bridge between their personal and professional needs. […] Succession planning and family governance are also top of mind for many of them. As a leading private bank, our aim with our dedicated team of wealth planners around the world is to help them manage their legacy with a long-term approach.”

Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo, co-CEOs BNP Paribas Wealth Management

“There is a growing trend of not only innovation across family businesses, but also the rising importance of sustainable practices. Family business has always been aware of their place in society, but there is a noticeable shift to make sustainability a core business principle, not just in those who entered the sustainability category, but across all family businesses.”

Nicholas Moody, editor of CampdenFB

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This partnership marks another decisive step in our ambition to best serve families.

About Campden Wealth

Campden Wealth is an independent family-owned business providing unrivalled knowledge, intelligence and connectivity for family businesses, family offices and significant private investors worldwide. For the past 22 years Campden Wealth and the Institute for Private Investors have delivered membership services, peer-to-peer private meetings, educational programs, proprietary research, news and analysis for families and family offices. All vital resources to their future success.