In June, Andreas von Specht participated at the “EY Global Family Business Summit” in Monaco. He addressed approx. 400 delegates from around the world and then moderated a panel discussion on “Effective Leadership: attracting and retaining top talent in family business”. Members of the panel included James Wates CBE, Chairman of the UK-based Wates Group, who was one of the ‘Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016’ – and with whom Andreas discussed the importance of good family governance as well as the challenges in recruiting external talent for family businesses.
Later in June, Andreas was invited to address the ‘Family Enterprise Day’ at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He introduced the concept of the ‘B Corporation’ and later participated in a panel on “A Practitioner Perspective on Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Family Business”.
In October, Andreas was asked to speak at a series of family business roundtables in the Baltics (Lithuania and Latvia). Many family businesses in this region are currently transitioning (or about to do so) to the second generation. In front of the leaders of these businesses, Andreas spoke about “The Art of Managing Family Businesses” and how to facilitate this important transition, followed by a panel discussion with family business practitioners in which Andreas shared his insights on Family Business Governance.