Member of the Board of Directors

Appointed 1992

 

 

 

François M. de Visscher (°1953) is Founder and President of de Visscher & Co., a leading financial advisory firm for business owning families throughout the world, based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Since its founding in 1990, de Visscher & Co. has advised well over 300 families in the United States, Europe and Latin America. The firm specializes in designing and implementing capital programs to allow family businesses to grow and family shareholders to realize their liquidity objectives. To complement its consulting and investment banking activities with business owning families, Mr. de Visscher founded in 1998 a private equity fund for High Net Worth Individuals, Family Capital Growth Partners LLC.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. de Visscher was a Partner at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co., predecessors of Salomon Smith Barney in New York, where he founded the first group on Wall Street to specialize in advising family owned companies.

From 1998 to 2001 Mr. de Visscher was President of the Family Firm Institute, the world’s leading organization of consultants, researchers and educators in the field of family businesses.

François de Visscher is a Certified Public Accountant, Director of the Global Leadership Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. de Visscher is a frequent contributor on family business matters to several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Nation’s Business, Crain’s, Inc Magazine, and Family Business Magazine.

 

 

 

 

better together

  • transmission-cable

    Situation

    Alcan and Bekaert joined forces to install 210 miles of transmission cable

    Solution

    Bekaert seamlessly adjusted the lengths of the reels to help Alcan’s trucks drive through mountainous terrain

    Result

    Alcan could meet their customer’s delivery requirements

  • ski

    Situation

    Skiers count on safety when they go up the mountain

    Solution

    In close cooperation Bekaert developed superior quality wires that meet the technical customer requirements of ropeway constructors

    Result

    The customer handles the production of the cables, but also on-site weaving (or splicing) and installation. The cables have a life expectancy up to 40 years

  • Bezinal-2000

    Situation

    Although zinc provides a barrier to corrosion in most environments, specific conditions accelerate the corrosion process

    Solution

    Bekaert, drawing from its deep expertise in coating technology, has developed an advanced zinc/aluminum coating

    Result

    Bezinal® 2000 increases corrosion resistance with up to 500% compared to traditional galvanization

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