Danone announces leadership team appointments

Jan. 23, 2023
Danone appoints three group deputy CEOs with extended responsibilities to better connect categories and regions and further elevate its ability to perform in the market.

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

Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta, currently CEO international, is appointed group deputy CEO, CEO international and EVP specialized nutrition, waters, global marketing and 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 and digital. 

Shane Grant, current CEO of North America, is appointed group deputy CEO, CEO Americas and EVP dairy, plant-based and global sales. As CEO Americas, he will oversee North America and Latin America. In addition, he will be responsible for the global dairy and plant-based category (EDP) and global customer and commercial leadership.

Juergen Esser, current chief financial, technology and data officer, is being appointed group deputy CEO in charge of finance, technology and data.

Danone 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.

Pablo Perversi is appointed Europe zone president, member of the executive committee, to replace Floris Wesseling. He will be reporting to Penchienati-Bosetta.

Perversi previously held the position of chief innovation, sustainability and quality officer at Barry Callebaut and vice president foods Europe member of the executive committee of Unilever Europe.

Antoine de Saint-Affrique, chief executive officer said in the announcement: “The appointment of three group deputy CEOs with proven expertise and leadership will enable us to further enhance our excellence in execution and better elevate our capabilities and category expertise across the company. This new leadership set-up will lead to faster and better decision-making, greater speed of execution and better connectivity in the path towards sustainable and profitable growth. I would like to thank both Nigyar and Floris for their commitment to Danone and for their significant contribution over the last years. I wish them every success with their new projects. On behalf of the executive committee, I would like to welcome Pablo Perversi, a recognized leader whose dynamism and capacity for innovation will be an asset in supporting the company’s value creation.”

The other members of the executive committee will continue in their roles. These changes will be effective February 1, 2023.

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