Plenary Panel: What’s next for you?

Thursday, October 10th
11:15 - 12:30
Rio de Janeiro room

The Summit opening plenary panel brings together members of three successful globally active family businesses to talk about the organization of their families and the critical role their families play in ensuring entrepreneurialism in the business, commitment in the family, and a focus on the long term family success.  We will also hear about what it is like to be a large enterprising family and the challenges they see in the future.

Germany’s Heraeus group has been family-owned for over 160 years. It has more than 12,000 employees worldwide in business groups active in precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials, medical and pharmaceutical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. From the GCC, the Dubai-based Al Ghurair Investment LLC has business roots stretching back over 50 years with a presence in more than 20 countries. Its core focus is on foods, construction, resources and property with additional sector participation in energy, printing, retail and education. The Votorantim Group, founded in 1918, is a 100% family owned Brazilian company with more than 40,000 employees in over 20 countries. Through Votorantim Industrial (VID), it operates in sectors that are capital intensive with a high production scale such as cement, metals, energy, steel, pulp and orange juice. The Group also operates in the financial market through Votorantim Finanças.