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Danone Splits Chairman and CEO Roles

Danone Splits Chairman and CEO Roles
September 09
12:04 2014

Following on the recommendation of Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud, Danone’s board of directors has voted to separate the functions of Chairman and CEO and to appoint Emmanuel Faber (pictured) as CEO, with Franck Riboud remaining as Chairman. As part of this new governance structure, Bernard Hours’ mandate as Co-COO was terminated and the Board thanked him warmly for his contribution to Danone’s success over the past 30 years.

This change in governance, which will take effect on October 1, 2014, reflects Franck Riboud’s desire to concentrate on the key strategic issues facing Danone in the medium and long term and to lay the groundwork for a smooth succession.

Using the same rationale, the Board of Directors has decided to set up its own Strategy Committee, to be headed by the Chairman with the participation of the CEO. To ensure that Danone continues to benefit from Franck Riboud’s insights and in-depth knowledge of its markets, corporate culture and business environment, the Board also opted to expand the Chairman’s duties. This leaves the powers of the Board of Directors and the CEO unchanged, but will enable the Chairman and the CEO to work in concertation on major issues in Danone’s corporate life, and allows the Chairman to represent Danone in his contacts with leading stakeholders.

Franck Riboud comments: “I joined Danone 33 years ago and have managed our day-to-day operations for over 18 years. During that time, our company has undergone incredible change and we have achieved the goals we set back in 1996. Today Danone is a truly global company, oriented toward emerging markets, realigned around a select number of promising businesses in which we are market leaders, and focused on pursuing growth. We have achieved spectacular growth while remaining true to our dual commitment to business success and social progress, and we are still a pace-setter for social innovation. I want to ensure that Danone has everything it needs to lay the groundwork for its future. Which is why I recommended separating the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and paving the way for the arrival of a new generation to guide Danone.”

Emmanuel Faber joined Danone in 1997 as Head of Finance, Strategies and Information Systems. He became a member of the Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005, while Danone was strengthening its management structure in the Asia-Pacific region, Emmanuel Faber was named Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region in charge of the group’s operational activities. Since January 1, 2008, he has been a Deputy General Manager of Danone, responsible for major corporate functions (Finance, Human Resources, etc.). He was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors on April 28, 2011. Since 2008, Emmanuel Faber has served as Director of the danone.communities mutual investment fund (SICAV). Since 2009, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Danone Ecosystem Fund. And since December 2011, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Livelihoods Fund.

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