Albert Jan Thomassen
As an executive director,consultant and educator, Albert Jan has a wide experience in issues regarding succession, ownership and governance in family businesses. He is the executive director of the Family Business Network (FBNed) in the Netherlands, a member of the management committee of European Family Businesses (EFB) and a member of the Polaris committee – on family business and sustainability – of the Family Business Network International (FBN-I). He is regularly invited as an advisor by family businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He understands the dilemmas that occur between owners, executives and non-executive directors. His vast wealth of knowledge and practical experience means that he can simplify complex matters. He has a unique way of combining a clear and pragmatic approach with respect for the particular dynamics of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial families. In recent years Albert Jan is increasingly involved in advocacy matters and the role of family businesses in our economies and society.