Succession and continuity as fundamental themes

Leaders with a keen sense of the culture of family businesses

Succession and continuity as fundamental themes

Within families and majority shareholder-run businesses, the themes of succession and continuity are almost always at play as they are, in essence, the product of succession within the family. The issue of succession does not apply solely to the financial and economic continuity or the value of the business itself, but rather to other forms such as the value for employees, the company culture or the community. Historically, these things are regarded differently than they are in non-family businesses. When succession of family members or the majority shareholder is not possible from within, an outside leader must be found and succession becomes a more complex theme.


Succession and continuity as fundamental themes

The Ebbinge Way

The Ebbinge Majority Shareholder & Family Businesses team offers specialised expertise in succession matters as well as filling the positions within the Board of Supervisors and Directors.

Our approach is:

• People-oriented
What do we mean by that? The new generation of leaders brings more than enough professionalism and entrepreneurship. We also see that this generation takes into account the values and culture of the business. They have a strategic business focus but include the human factor. Plans are realised together with the people.

• Professional
Experience and professionalism are key to entrepreneurship. They can only be understood based on what is deeply engrained in the DNA of these types of businesses. We offer not only the analytical and selection capabilities, but true involvement as well. Importantly, we understand the history and the desired changes for the future, taking into account the culture and core values.

• Careful
In addition to speed, a careful approach is equally important. We engage all stakeholders: shareholders and people in the business, B of S or B of D. This ensures the necessary support and approval when it comes to the final appointment. We always maintain a transparent and personal process, both in the search phase and during the subsequent support and on-boarding.

The paradox: continuity and innovation
Ebbinge has worked for family businesses for many years, at the executive level and for B of S and shareholder positions. We are aware that continuity is demanded while innovation is often needed as well. We know the leaders who can strike the perfect balance to deal with this paradox.

Our team
Our Family Businesses team is specialised in matters of succession for family and majority shareholder-run businesses. The team works in a transparent and careful way before and after the appointment and boasts an extensive network of entrepreneurial leaders in all company disciplines, who are keen and qualified to work in these companies.



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