Propelling family enterprises toward the future: IMD center of excellence names new Director Peter Vogel
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Propelling family enterprises toward the future: IMD center of excellence names new Director Peter Vogel

The professor, an expert in family business and entrepreneurship, will lead the growth of the IMD Global Family Business Center’s activities
September 2019

IMD Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship Peter Vogel has taken up the Directorship of the IMD Global Family Business Center.

Professor Vogel holds the Debiopharm Chair for Family Philanthropy at IMD, and is directing the IMD programs ‘Leading the Family Business’ and ‘Leading the Family Office’. In addition, he leads Navigating the Family Enterprise, IMD’s re-vamped family business module as part of its signature program Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) in Lausanne and Dubai.

IMD was the birthplace of family business education in 1988. As Professor Vogel takes the helm, he will be responsible for developing the Global Family Business Center’s services to cater to the specific needs of enterprising families in the 21st century.

A recognized pioneer with its sights on the future

Professor Vogel’s key priorities as the Director of the Center will be to create new programs and to strengthen the role of the Center as the trusted partner of enterprising families across generations.

“I am honored to be named Director of the IMD Global Family Business Center. The Center has a longstanding tradition of pioneering work with leading family enterprises. Family enterprises are faced with a set of unique challenges related to governance, succession, family dynamics and strategy. We are committed to be a trusted learning partner for enterprising families, their boards and executives in order to address these challenges and ensure family unity and enterprise competitiveness for generations to come,” said Vogel.

In his research, teaching and advisory work, Peter works with family and non-family enterprises globally on organizational regeneration through intrapreneurship, talent development and succession, strategy, governance, change management, and investment opportunities. He has extensive experience in working with owners of large family-controlled enterprises as well as non-family leaders in family businesses.

Peter earned his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He holds an MSc and BSc in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, as well as the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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