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To foster interaction between students and family businesses, we invite extraordinary personalities: owners of family businesses, external executives who work in family businesses, so-called next-gens who might or might not want to work in their family-owned company. We also cooperate with the annual WHU Campus for Family Business to offer more insights into the diverse topics revolving around family businesses.

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Upcoming Events

29.11. Fourth Guest Speaker: Janek Kraus

After our WHU Family Business Summit with inspiring speeches and a great exchange of ideas, we are very excited to introduce our speaker for our next event in November!  

Janek Kraus, co-CEO of Wikingerreisen, stepped into the family travel business as co-CEO soon before the Covid-19 crisis hit. With a promising career in investment banking, Janek still chose to follow the family roots and has not regretted his decision ever since.  

Janek will provide his perspective on the challenges during the Covid-19 crisis and with a personal note, will walk us through the decision to leave what in the eyes of many is considered a safer job to jump on a real entrepreneurial journey.

31.01.2022 Company Visit: PERI Group

Great news! The first company visit organized by the Family Business Club is taking place!

 We will be visiting the headquarters of PERI Group in Weißenhorn. The company has been on the market as a family business for over 50 years, being a pioneer in formwork and scaffolding technology. The group success lies in their core values as they always think first and foremost of the benefits for their customers. Cooperation based on partnership and trust is a fundamental value of the company, forming the basis of their customer relationships.  

From the hands of Alexander Schwörer, PERI’s Owner and Deputy Chairman of the Board, we will have the chance to get insights into different company departments and understand the critical role the company’s values are playing to make PERI successful.

Past Events

16.09.2021 WHU Family Business Summit

As our main event the WHU Family Business Club hosts a summit as the pre-event for the Campus for Family Business, a conference organized by the Institute for Family Business and Mittelstand. Our event is aimed for students and alumni of WHU. The day is filled with interesting speeches, discussions and networking possibilities in an open atmosphere at our WHU campus in Vallendar. 

30.06.2021 Third Guest Speaker: Alexander Schwörer

With great pleasure we announce our next guest speaker: Alexander Schwörer, owner and deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Peri. On Wednesday 30th June, he will come to the Düsseldorf Campus to speak at our first hybrid event. 

Alexander Schwörer will be giving his insights about generational change and the relevance of having a family business culture. We will have the chance to get first hand insights into his role as brand ambassador. 

31.05.2021 Second Guest Speaker: Verena Bahlsen

We are very excited to announce our next event, on Monday 31st May. Verena Bahlsen will be giving her insights and experience about the challenges of intergenerational communication and will be open for questions during the event.

Verena Bahlsen is part of the 4th generation of the Bahlsen family and therefore an active shareholder at the Bahlsen Group. She is one of the founders of HERRMANN’S, an international network for food innovation. HERMANN’S is a subsidiary of the Bahlsen Group.

24.03.2021 First Guest Speaker: Tobias Bachmüller

Tobias Bachmüller is managing partner since 1996 at Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG. Over the years, he build the family firm into the strong number two behind HARIBO and is continuing to grow into other European countries.

He will shared with us his personal story, his way into Katjes, and what WHU students can learn from him that want to become managing partner of a family firm but do not have a company within their family. Thank you Tobias Bachmüller for this amazing kick-off!

07.04.2021 Networking Aperitif

To enable networking in a more personal atmosphere we invite you to take part in our networking aperitif. The event will take place on 

We are excited to get to know WHU students and alumni who share our passion for family business and are looking forward to interesting exchanges and new friendships.

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