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Kellogg School of Management Honors Spain's Puig Family for Exceptional Leadership, Dedication to Family Enterprise

Puig family's political and academic contributions benefit family firms worldwide


5/19/2003 - Evanston, Ill. - The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has named the Puig family of Barcelona, Spain as the recipient of the 2003 Kellogg Award for Special Contributions to Family Business. The annual award recognizes a business family for its leadership and significant contributions to the field of family business study. Former chairman of Corporacion Puig, Mariano Puig, Sr. and his wife Maria, along with current Corporacion Puig executives, Marc and Manuel Puig, will receive the award during the Kellogg Family Business Conference on May 21.

For more than a decade, the Puig family has been instrumental in developing public policies, educational programs and research to benefit family firms in Spain and throughout the world. In addition to establishing academic and political support for the field of family enterprise, the Puig family has allowed its own governance, succession practices and lessons learned to be shared with families attending educational programs at numerous universities.

"The Puig family exemplifies the true spirit of entrepreneurial leadership and social responsibility," said John Ward, co-director of the Kellogg School's Center for Family Enterprise. "From personally serving as mentors to individual family businesses to raising awareness of the economic significance of family enterprise within the European Union, the positive impact that the Puig family has had on the field of family business is remarkable."

Mariano Puig co-founded, and was president for a mandate, of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (IEF), an association of 100 leading family businesses in Spain that has substantially affected fiscal policies in Spain and in the field of family enterprise. Today, the IEF has funded 14 professional chairs at 14 universities in Spain that are dedicated to family business education and research. Mariano Puig was also the co-founder and first president of the European Group of Family Enterprises (GEEF), an organization designed to represent family enterprise in the European Union. The GEEF influences tax policies toward family businesses and promotes the important role of family enterprises as a fundamental engine to economic growth.

Founded in 1914 by Antonio Puig Castelló, today the Puig Beauty & Fashion Group has grown to into a multinational corporation based in the perfumery, cosmetics and fashion sectors.

About the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was founded in 1908 and is widely recognized as a global leader in graduate business education. The school is home to a renowned, research-based faculty and MBA students from more than 50 countries and six continents. Kellogg includes the full-time MBA program; The Managers' Program, which is a part-time MBA program; the Executive Master's Program, which is an executive MBA; and the Executive Education Program, which is a non-degree professional program for senior-level executives. The school offers three joint degree programs: the JD/MBA; MD/MBA; and MEM/MBA. Additionally, the Kellogg School of Management has alliances with business schools in Europe, Asia and Canada.

Kellogg revolutionized graduate management education more than 50 years ago when it introduced executive education into its programming, one of the first business schools to do so. In the 1970s, Kellogg again changed the face of graduate management education when it introduced the teamwork concept into its curriculum. Both the Kellogg executive education and teamwork models have been duplicated by business schools worldwide.

In 2002, BusinessWeek magazine ranked the Kellogg School the number one graduate school of business in the United States, an honor it has achieved four times since the biennial survey began in 1988. In October 2002, the school also was named the top MBA program in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit, a division of The Economist Group.