In the Press
John A. Davis is a sought after expert by the media. His commentary and research regularly appear in the business press in print, on radio, and on television.
Below is a collection of the most recent interviews and press appearances by Professor John Davis. View an archive of John Davis' historical media interviews.
5 Jun 2015
Waltons cement grip on Wal-Mart with new chairman
Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) named the son-in-law of chairman Rob Walton as his successor on Friday, cementing the founding family’s influence over the retailer as shareholders defeated a measure calling for an independent director to lead the board. Some investors, including large pension funds, had been pushing for a chairman without ties to the Waltons, Wal-Mart’s […]
15 May 2015
The New York Times
Families Find the Principles That Keep the Business Going
Peter Gordon, a member of the family that owns Glenfiddich whisky, has a distinct memory of the workers lined up as he walked into the Scottish distillery the 1970s. They were waiting for a dram of day-old whiskey-the equivalent of a double shot. If they didn’t drink it, they rubbed it into their hands, in the […]
18 Apr 2015
Old-Fashioned Virtues: Patience, Distinctiveness, Thrift and Trust Still Count
Companies controlled by founding families remain surprisingly important and look set to stay so. THE “Lucky Sperm Club”, as Warren Buffett likes to call it, is still going strong in the commanding heights of business. On opposite sides of the Atlantic, Ana Botín and Abigail Johnson have recently succeeded their fathers in filling two of […]
25 Mar 2014
New York Times Magazine
What Comes After Rich Baby Boomers? Kids With a Big Inheritance
The Waltons might be the closest thing we have to the Carnegies or Rockefellers today. The heirs to the Walmart fortune occupy six slots on the most recent Forbes 400 list, and just those six Waltons — not counting their lucky progeny — are worth $145 billion.
25 Mar 2014
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich, world’s most awarded single malt, keeps it in the family with new global advertising campaign
8 October 2013, Dufftown: Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded single malt Scotch whisky, today announces the U.S. launch of its new global advertising campaign. The campaign will bring to life how remaining independent and family-owned for over 125 years
30 May 2013
Dynasties’ Silent Revolution
Over the next decade, the largest fortunes in Latin America will be passed on to a younger generation. The transition will transform the way in which business is run in the region. Who will be the successors? And, how will the new leaders differ from their forefathers? “We’re in the middle of a big generational […]
7 Mar 2013
Wall Street Journal
Studies show Americans blow through family fortunes at a remarkable rate. With trillions being passed on, can today’s baby boomers break the cycle? If things had gone differently, Rogerson could have been enjoying his share of one of the greatest wealth transfers in U.S. history. According to the Boston College Center for Retirement Research, two-thirds […]
23 Feb 2013
10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners
Bringing a family member or friend on board as a business partner may seem like a fine idea, but the relationship can prove tricky to navigate–or to end, if things don’t go well. “It’s easy to get into business, but it’s hard to get out,” says Wayne Rivers, president of the Family Business Institute, a […]
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