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Donato Iacovone

Managing Partner Italy, Spain and Portugal, EY

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background.

Donato Iacovone is EY CEO for Italy and Regional Managing Partner for Southern Europe. He teaches Economics and Public Utility Services Management at Luiss university in Rome and is both vice chairman and charter member of AICEO (Associazione Italiana CEO). He is the author of “La crescita è possibile. Dibattito teorico ed esperienze manageriali a confronto” (con R. Paternò, 2012), “Le leve per avviare la ripresa. Proposte ed esperienze manageriali a confronto” (sempre con R. Paternò, 2013) and “I servizi di pubblica utilità tra Stato, mercato, regolatore e consumatore” (2014) published by Il Mulino.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

A healthy business with long-term growth potential, a cohesive family and proud legacy — that’s the ideal for nearly every family business. And it’s one that many of the participants to our workshop have managed to achieve. Through interviewing this group of exceptional businesses, others can better understand how to manage the challenges of succession and governance, how to navigate conflict with good communication, how to create sustainable value, how to improve family unity through inclusiveness and a proud branding. These insights are not just helpful to other family businesses. The importance of family businesses to our global economy cannot be overstated. Information about how these businesses balance stability and growth through good times and bad can help shape business-friendly public policy and regulation, which in turn helps more businesses, with varied ownership structures, to flourish.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?

Italy, Spain, Portugal

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

Family businesses are an essential source of prosperity in our global economy. Many large, well-known companies are family owned and proud of it. The characteristics and practices of large, long-lived family businesses serve not only as a model for other family businesses but also for all companies that aspire to maintain an entrepreneurial spirit, to innovate and grow consistently and effectively contribute to set a positive economy.”

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

Only curious and courageous people dare to dream and innovate, inspiring future generations.