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Good for the Earth and our health at a time when plant-based alternatives are moving mainstream, it's easy to appreciate the growing popularity of the unassuming chickpea.
The chickpea has long held an important place in southern French cuisine
Over the last 12 months, seven tonnes of chickpeas have passed through Nadia Sammut's kitchen in southern France. The protein-packed legume has been milled into flour and kneaded into bread, pulsed into milk and chilled as ice-cream, and even fermented...
‘Green is the new glam’: How Monaco is using its bitter oranges to lead the charge on sustainable luxury
The 12 tons of bitter oranges harvested from Monaco’s streets in early February have been washed, peeled and juiced, but, much like in the principality itself, space is still at a premium inside La Distillerie de Monaco. A dozen or so waist-high stainless steel fermenting tanks crowd around the four-metre high copper still, the first vintage of Philip Culazzo’s small-batch eau de vie, which has been ageing for 30 months.
“Come smell it,” he says, beckoning me over to one he has opened. “That...
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.