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Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Family Enterprise Group

In 1989, John A. Davis founded the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group. Since its founding, the organization’s mission has been to help multigenerational families and their enterprises—their businesses, family offices, foundations, and financial wealth—achieve lasting and meaningful success.

As CFEG approaches 30 years in business (in 2019), read the touching remarks from Founder and Chairman, John A. Davis, on the occasion of CFEG’s 25th anniversary in 2014. He discusses the meaningful personal journey of creating an international organization that continues to grow to meet the complex needs of global family enterprises.

Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG) is a global organization devoted to family-owned enterprises. CFEG helps families and ownership groups to achieve transformative change and multigenerational success by addressing and transcending the important, and often complicated and sensitive family, business, ownership and financial issues that they face. CFEG is comprised of two divisions:

Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise is a highly specialized, international advisory firm serving family enterprises with custom strategies and roadmaps for their systems. Having advised more than 500 families in over 65 countries, CFEG helps families build shareholder value and achieve multigenerational success for their families, ownership groups, businesses and holding companies, boards and management teams, financial wealth, family offices, and philanthropic foundations.

Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise is an education and research institute that studies, publishes and teaches about the significant issues family enterprises face. It is on the forefront of insightful knowledge that helps family enterprises unlock the important challenges and solutions at the heart of multigenerational success. Education programs, conferences, research on critical issues, and published thought pieces are offered to families around the world.

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Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Professor Davis has joined the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management to launch a robust, innovative portfolio of family business, family office, and family entrepreneurship programs and courses.

“There is no better educational institution in the world than MIT Sloan to prepare enterprising families for the future. The next frontier of family enterprise education is here, and I am excited to lead this new area at Sloan,” says Professor Davis.

Stay tuned for news on the program rollout for the 2018/2019 academic year – starting in the Fall of 2018.

Business Families Foundation

Advisor to the Board, Business Families Foundation

John A. Davis is Advisor to the Board of the Business Families Foundation (BFF), an organization that he has been actively involved with for over twenty years. A not-for-profit charitable organization, BFF was established by Philippe and Nan-b de Gaspe Beaubien to support, help, and empower business families to ensure their sustainability and harmony for generations.

BFF provides an online collection of family business resources, e-courses and videos, interactive activities, case stories, and advice from leading experts. Professor Davis serves as a leading expert who provides educational material to BFF’s online education collection. Some of Professor Davis’ video lessons can be found here.

BFF also organizes live conferences around the world for family businesses to gather and learn together. Professor Davis’ participation in these events can be found on the Upcoming Programs page of this site.

Learn more at — Follow on Twitter @FollowBFF.