The AIdAF-EY Chair in Strategic Management of Family Business in memory of Alberto Falck, the first and leading chair in Italy focused on Family Business, is currently financed by AIdAF (Italian Family Firms Association), by the Falck Foundation and by a group of leading italian family firms active in different industries.

The Italian Association of Family Businesses (Associazione Italiana delle Aziende Familiari' in Italian or 'AIdAF' for short) was established in 1997 for the specific purpose of working on behalf of Italian family-owned companies of all sizes which operate in a plethora of different industries with a view to ensuring continuity during processes of transition and development in an era in which their traditional markets are changing and expanding.
The current President is Dott.ssa Elena Zambon.



The Association for Family Businesses (Associazione per le Aziende Familiari)

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The Falck Group was established on January 26, 1906 under the name Acciaierie & Ferriere Lombarde Falck: ever since its founding, the Company has been in the forefront of Italy's industrial landscape.
The Foundation Falck, that is autonomous and independent from the company, is one of the key players in the development of relations with local communities in Lombardy. The Foundation supports educational institutions, scientific research and social assistance.


De Agostini, founded in 1901, is a family-owned private group active in 66 countries worldwide and in 4 business areas: Publishing, Media, Games and Services, Finance. The Fondazione De Agostini was set up in Novara (Italy), in March 2007 by the Boroli and Drago families, both of which were shareholders in the De Agostini Group.
Firmly rooted in the area of Novara, the Foundation has set up a network of relationships and partnerships with organisations, foundations and institutions and has undertaken, jointly with these bodies, to implement and support projects in the fields of social care, training and research.

Banca Sella is an Italian private bank established in Biella in 1886, owned by the family Sella, and one of the largest banking groups in Piedmont.

The Fontana Group is one of the most important Italian groups as dimension and turnover are concerned, with interests in industry, real estate and finance.
It was founded at the end of the 60's to convey continuity and development to an activity, the production of high-resistant screws and bolts, in which field the Fontana family is a leader in Europe thanks to some well-established brands.

Inaz is one of the most significant Italian players in the market of software and IT services, specialized in management and administration of Human Resources. Inaz offers a wide range of software products and outsourcing services in accordance with the ever changing regulations and technology. With over 10 thousand customers, Inaz is the supplier for the largest companies in different  commercial, industrial and service sectors, professional firms and public administration. Training and support are guaranteed throughout the national territory by "Centro Studi Inaz" and "Punti di Assistenza Software".

Founded in Milan in 1937, Mapei is today's world leader in the production of adhesives and chemical products for building.
Starting in the 1960's Mapei put its strategy of internationalization into action in order to have maximum proximity to the needs of local markets and reduce shipping costs to a minimum.
The Group now counts 63 subsidiaries with 57 production facilities in operation over 26 countries and 5 continents.

Eigenmann & Veronelli Spa is a distributor and producer of fine chemicals,  specialties and performance chemicals. Established in 1910, the entrepreneurial spirit of its founders, Giovanni Eigenmann and Adolfo Veronelli, has always influenced the company's evolution and has given shape to a growth process keeping pace with the great technological changes that have occurred in every industrial sector.

Founded in 1864, with an annual production capacity of approximately 75 million tons of cement, Italcementi Group is the world's fifth largest cement producer and in present in 22 countries and in 4 Continents.
The Parent Company, Italcementi S.p.A., is one of Italy's 10 largest industrial companies and is listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.

Epta, multinational Group specialised in commercial refrigeration for retailers, has made a name for itself in the world, thanks to a solid industrial culture, great competitive strength and the Group's significant presence worldwide in numerous business areas.The Group offers the widest and most comprehensive range of solutions for commercial refrigeration, ensuring the supply, installation and maintenance of systems, both directly and through an extensive network of distributors worldwide.

Vitale Barberis Canonico as a wool mill is a symbol of the excellence of "Made in Italy" in the sector of textiles for garments. Founded in 1663, today the wool mill is one of the best-known textile companies in the world.  With over 340 skilled workers, 50 agents all over the world, two state-of-the-art establishments in the Biella area and avant-garde management methods, VBC has taken its place amongst the top companies in the world for the production of high-quality wools in terms of both value and quantity, and on a global level as the main exporter.

Maggiore is the Italian leader in the rental sector in the short and medium term car and commercial vehicles. Founded in 1947, Maggiore has developed a widespread network in Italy, with over 180 leasing divisions located in more than 100 italian cities, airports, railways and a fleet of over 18.000 car rental agencies. Worldwide, Maggiore is represented by a partnership with International system National Car Rental and Alamo Rent a Car in 90 countries, with over 8800 rental branches.