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Executive Ismail Akalay is someone who thrives on a challenge. “I’ve always been handed those difficult-to-manage projects or situations, and that’s what has defined my career,” he tells The CEO Magazine.
But after 33 years with the same company, Managem, he had reached a point where he felt there was nothing left to achieve. “I had practically seen and done everything,” he says.
One mild October morning in Bensheim as The CEO Magazine speaks with acting Sanner Group (Sanner) CEO Johannis Willem van Vliet, the barometer hovers at 20°C. “I’m told we have the best climate in Germany,” he smiles.
The pretty chocolate-box town lies at the edge of the Odenwald mountain range on the Rhine plain. It’s a location that favours winemaking, especially the riesling for which the country is famous. On paper, wine and plastics for pharmaceutical packaging may have little in common.
When Panu Porkka took his place on Verkkokauppa.com’s (Verkkokauppa) Board of Directors in 2017, its Founder, Samuli Seppälä, knew he had found exactly who would succeed him in the CEO role. “He told me that I was the first person he’s wanted to hand the torch on to,” Panu says.
Philippe Chave admits it wasn’t a given that he would join the family business. “I had to feel I was ready for it,” the executive says. To prepare, he travelled far from Switzerland, his country of origin and the home of PX Group – the group of companies in the metallurgy and tools industries founded by his father – to Taiwan and China.
At the beginning of this year, Bitcoin guru Xolali Zigah took to the stage in Davos to present on cryptocurrencies at the 50th World Economic Forum, the annual invitation-only event attended by politicians, CEOs and other influential figures.
Soon after his appearance in Switzerland came an invitation to the Forbes Finance Council, an organisation for select senior-level financial services executives and leaders. It’s been a busy four years for the French alternate investment expert.
The billionaire CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey is one of the last tech-gods of Silicon Valley. But the boy from Missouri, who generates as many headlines for his lifestyle as his leadership, never wanted to be an executive or entrepreneur. All he ever wanted to do was code.
At a time when hotel buyouts, villas with private swimming pools and other socially distanced holiday modes surge in popularity, a hotel with its own yacht (or yachts) presents a particularly enticing proposition.
Zaniz graduated from college in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and a dream of working for NASA. An A+ student, who had received both summa cum laude and the Medal of Honor, designing space stations seemed like a logical career step, rather than an ambitious one.
In a yachting season best described as ‘expect the unexpected’, even seasoned industry professionals are still finding plenty to be surprised about. “New England historically hasn’t been the giga yacht capital of the world,” explains Renaissance Captain Douglas Meier down the line from Florida. But, this summer, the north-eastern region of the USA was “packed with parked giga yachts,” he exclaims. Or as Forbes puts it, staycations made New England the new hub of the superyacht world.
My family of four saved thousands by doing a home exchange in the French Alps instead of a traditional summer rental. Here's what it was like.
Instead of spending thousands on a vacation rental this summer, McClatchie's family opted to do a home exchange, swapping their apartment on the French Riviera for a house with a garden in the French Alps.
The world's best restaurant, located in the beautiful French Riviera, was forced to close when the pandemic began. Take a look at how it has successfully reopened, including picnic-style courses eaten in a garden and ceramic bowls full of hand sanitizer.
Mirazur is a three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the town of Menton, France, that was ranked as the World's Best Restaurant in 2019.
After the restaurant was forced to close in March for the country's 55-day lockdown due to the pandemic, head chef Mauro Colagreco spent time in the restaurant's gardens to develop a new reopening menu, says head sommelier Benoît Huguenin.
Vegetable gardens, swimming pools, and a suite for the nanny: This is the post-lockdown shopping list for wealthy Europeans' second homes
Europe's 1% have emerged from lockdown with a new set of criteria when it comes to purchasing second homes.