Ludo Van der Heyden

Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management
Emmanuel Faber, the star Chair/CEO of the global Danone Group, was known for his leadership on sustainability. In 2020, he persuaded shareholders to vote for Danone to become France’s largest “entreprise à mission” (purpose-driven company) – giving it a new ESG-based legal status.

Published 24 Jan 2022

Reference 6712

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Food and Beverages Production

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Emmanuel Faber, the star Chair/CEO of the global Danone Group, was known for his leadership on sustainability. In 2020, he persuaded shareholders to vote for Danone to become France’s largest “entreprise à mission” (purpose-driven company) – giving it a new ESG-based legal status.

Published 24 Jan 2022

Reference 6712

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Food and Beverages Production

Region Europe

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Emmanuel Faber, the star Chair/CEO of the global Danone Group, was known for his leadership on sustainability. In 2020, he persuaded shareholders to vote for Danone to become France’s largest “entreprise à mission” (purpose-driven company) – giving it a new ESG-based legal status.

Published 24 Jan 2022

Reference 6712

Topic Entrepreneurship

Industry Food and Beverages Production

Region Europe

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The case series presents the governance and leadership challenges and opportunities the Royal Dutch Rowing Federation (Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei Bond, or KNRB for short), which is a not-for-profit top sports federation.

Published 08 Sep 2021

Reference 6441

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Sports

Region Global

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The case series presents the governance and leadership challenges and opportunities the Royal Dutch Rowing Federation (Koninklijke Nederlandse Roei Bond, or KNRB for short). The KNRB is a not-for-profit top sports federation.

Published 08 Sep 2021

Reference 6441

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The case describes the context faced by the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Boerse (DB), the German Stock Exchange, following its hostile bid to acquire the London Stock Exchange (LSE), notably the events that led to a confrontation with UK hedge funds (TCI, Atticus) seeking to derail DB’s plans.

Published 24 Jan 2020

Reference 6568

Topic Strategy

Industry Financial Services

Region Europe

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This case describes the Tata Group’s governance and the role it played in overseeing 150 years of growth of the Tata empire of companies. The Tata Group is one of India’s premier and oldest industrial and services conglomerates in India. The Tata Trusts (charitable foundations) own two thirds of the Group; private investors own the rest of it.

Published 31 May 2019

Reference 6492

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Region Asia

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The board of directors of a charity has to decide whether to give the acting CFO a permanent appointment. The decision is not a vital one but is so poorly managed that it leads to a blowout between the board members, such that the charity ultimately has to be wound up. The case thus illustrates the vital importance of maintaining positive dynamics among board members.

Published 25 Mar 2019

Reference 5699

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Region Europe

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The case charts the history of MöllerGroup, a longstanding family business in Germany, which designs, manufactures and markets components for the global automotive industry and construction parts for industrial applications. It makes functional parts for mechanical engineering, automotive technology and other sectors.

Published 22 Jul 2016

Reference 5645

Topic Family Business

Industry Plastics Mechanical or Industrial Engineering Construction

Region Europe

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The case presents describes the tumultuous leadership of Carly Fiorina at HP, from her nomination as CEO, then chair, and early attempts at strategic change (a move to buy PwC Consulting) to a major acquisition (Compaq) and ultimately her removal by a board coup. At the time she was fired (and replaced by Mark Hurd from NCR) the share price was rising and results were coming through.

Published 27 May 2016

Reference 6075

Topic Strategy

Industry Information Technology and Services

Region North America

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Fair Process Leadership