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Case Study

  • 19/07/2019
    Siemens
    Lisa Lange
    Following a compliance crisis in 2006, Siemens has implemented numerous changes over more than a decade to strengthen its corporate governance, conduct and culture.
  • 11/07/2019
    WPP
    Emma Berntman
    WPP began rebuilding shareholder confidence in 2015 with a new chair.
  • 16/11/2018
    Tesco
    Roland Bosch
    In the summer of 2014, its board made the decision to appoint a new CEO, which we viewed positively, as the retailer had been underperforming, leading to a series of profit warnings. In addition, in September 2014, the business announced that it had identified an overstatement of profits, principally due to the accelerated recognition of commercial income and delayed accrual of costs. The company’s new management identified three immediate priorities, namely regaining competitiveness in its core UK business, protecting and strengthening the balance sheet and rebuilding trust and transparency with key stakeholders. In the UK, it reset its target margins significantly and embarked on a far-reaching turnaround programme to reverse negative like-for-like sales growth and market share loss. It also initiated extensive restructuring, with large UK property write-downs and the sale of a number of assets, including its South Korean business.
  • 01/11/2018
    Sinopec
    Christine Chow
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, also known as Sinopec, is one of the major oil and gas companies in China. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Sinopec Group. Its operations include the exploration, production, storage and transportation of petroleum and natural gas.
  • 25/10/2018
    Vinci
    Pauline Lecoursonnois
    VINCI is an engineering and construction group with two business segments: concessions, which mainly focuses on toll roads and airports, and contracting, split across activities related to construction, roads and energy.
  • 19/10/2018
    Whitbread
    Amy Wilson
    Whitbread PLC operates hotels, restaurants and coffee shops. It owns Premier Inn, which is the largest hotel brand in the UK, with over 785 hotels. The company is also growing the Premier Inn brand in the Middle East and Germany. Whitbread’s restaurant brands include Brewers Fayre, Beefeater Grill, Bar+Block and Table Table. It also owns Costa Coffee − the largest coffee shop chain in the UK and the second largest globally, with over 3,800 coffee shops across 32 markets and over 8,000 Costa Express self-serve units. In August 2018, it announced the sale of its Costa business to The Coca-Cola Company, which is expected to complete in the first half of 2019.