Case Study

John Varley and Clinton Devon Estates (A)

6 pages
November 2009
Reference: IMD-3-2119

The case focuses on John Varely, who is considering becoming the CEO of Clinton Devon Estates, a large estate in Devon, England. He has built a successful career in British Telecom, has no experience in family business, and is wondering if the change would make sense. In what ways is running a family owned organization likely to be different than working in fast growing publically listed company. To what extent would new skills be required?

Learning Objective

To understand the role of a non-family CEO in a family business.

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