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Daudel Named New Director of Stetson’s Family Enterprise Center

Stetson University School of Business Administration has named Sylvain Daudel, as the new director of the Family Enterprise Center. Daudel will be responsible for promoting the program as a leader in the development of next generation family enterprise owners, leaders, and advisors through education, outreach and research.

Portrait of Sylvain Daudel, as the new director of the Family Enterprise Center.

Sylvain Daudel is the new director of the Family Enterprise Center in Stetson’s School of Business Administration.

“It is an honor to have Sylvain Daudel join our faculty,” said Neal Mero, Ph.D., dean and professor of management in the School of Business Administration. “He brings a wealth of experience in working with some of the most successful family businesses in the world. In his last position, Sylvain was director of the Family Business Center at EDHEC Business School, building a program that is now recognized as one of the top 25 most influential Family Business Centers in the world.”

The School of Business Administration created the Family Enterprise Center in 1998 to address the challenges that family-owned and managed businesses face. The program, which is housed in the Department of Management, serves as a catalyst to help members of family enterprises, especially next generation and their advisors, understand, manage, protect, and grow the resources of the family enterprise.

It is estimated that between 70 and 80 percent of all companies worldwide are family-owned, managed or controlled.

“Our objective at the Center is to contribute, with research, community outreach and development activities, in driving the education of next generation family business leaders,” said Daudel.

Formerly Daudel spent three years at EDHEC Business School and prior to that was a professor of marketing, strategy and family business at Barna Business School in the Dominican Republic. Before joining the academic world, Daudel had an international corporate career holding positions on four continents for a variety of companies in diverse industries. He has also been involved in consulting for companies such as Nestle, Orange and Cambridge University.

Daudel earned his M.B.A. from INSEAD in France and completed undergraduate studies at the Ecole Supe’rieure de Commerce de Paris, France.