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Danone strengthens leadership team

Shane Grant to oversee dairy, plant-based and global sales.

Danone recently announced the appointment of three group deputy chief executive officers, with extended responsibilities, to better connect categories and regions and further elevate its ability to perform in the market. Reporting to CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique, they will drive the delivery of the Renew Danone strategy.

Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta, currently CEO of International, is appointed group deputy CEO, CEO International and executive vice president of Specialized Nutrition, Waters, Global Marketing & Digital. As CEO International, she will oversee Europe, CNAO (China, North Asia, and Oceania) and Rest of the World (CIS, AMEA). In addition, she will be responsible for the Specialized Nutrition and Waters categories, and Global Marketing & Digital.

Shane Grant, current CEO of North America, is appointed group deputy CEO, CEO Americas and executive vice president of Dairy, Plant-Based and Global Sales. As CEO Americas, he will oversee NORAM (North America) and LATAM (Latin America). In addition, he will be responsible for the Global Dairy and Plant-Based category (EDP) and Global Customer & Commercial Leadership.

Juergen Esser, current Chief Financial, Technology and Data Officer, is being appointed group deputy CEO in charge of Finance, Technology & Data.

Danone further announced that Nigyar Makhmudova, EVP Chief Growth Officer, and Floris Wesseling, Europe Zone President, members of the executive committee, have decided to leave Danone to pursue their professional interests outside of the company.

Danone appointed Pablo Perversi as Europe Zone President, member of the executive committee, in replacement of Floris Wesseling. He will be reporting to Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta. Pablo Perversi previously held the position of Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer at Barry Callebaut and Vice President Foods Europe member of the executive committee of Unilever Europe.

 

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