Rollins succession in question after filing of lawsuit

In the end, the current family row doesn't necessarily knock him out of leading the company if the…

Georgia (Sep 27, 2010) — In the end, the current family row doesn't necessarily knock him out of leading the company if the family members resolve it, said Joseph Astrachan, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business.


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The company and family have been leading contributors to metro Atlanta civic activities, which suggests they can work it out, said Astrachan, who has counseled other companies that have been family-run for multiple generations.

"It's still a risky situation but their prognosis is still good if the family agrees to work it out," he said. "It would be a shame to let ego get in the way of a multi-generational and important business not just for Atlanta, but for the country."

Some ultimate consensus on leadership is critical since the company is heading into the third generation of family control, he said.

"The generation that has to live with the succession should be the one selecting the leader. If you choose a leader the next generation won't accept, it won't work," Astrachan said.


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