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Danone Announces Two Additions to Board of Directors; Gilles Schnepp Discusses Gilbert Ghostine and Lise Kingo's Appointments

Danone Announces Two Additions to Board of Directors; Gilles Schnepp Discusses Gilbert Ghostine and Lise Kingo's Appointments


PARIS, FRANCE
Monday, October 3rd, 2022

Bolstering its team, two decorated leaders will be appointed to Danone’s Board of Directors in the form of Gilbert Ghostine, who will join on October 15, and Lise Kingo, who will join on December 1. They come to the Board after Guido Barilla and Cécuke Cabanis recently stepped down.

Gilbert Ghostine, Chief Executive Officer, FirmenichGhostine is the Chief Executive Officer of Firmenich, a Swiss private fragrance and taste company, a release explained. Since joining Firmenich in 2014, he has supported digital innovation and led the repositioning of the company into natural, biotech, and life science leadership. Additionally, he has helped drive its growth as a recognized leader in environmental, social, and governance.

Under Ghostine’s leadership, Firmenich has delivered strong, consistent growth and has secured 14 strategic acquisitions, culminating in the planned merger with DSM in the first half of 2023. Gilbert’s tenure as Firmenich Chief Executive Officer will end in 2023 once the merger with DSM is complete.

Gilbert Ghostine and Lise Kingo will soon be joining Danone’s Board of Directors

In July 2022, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Lise Kingo, Independent Board Member, Sonafi and CovestroKingo will join Ghostine on Danone’s Board, and currently is an Independent Board Member of Sanofi and Covestro, as well as a non-executive Board Member of the investment company Aker Horizons. From 2015 to 2020, she was the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, one of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiatives.

Before that, between 2002–2014, Kingo was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team in Novo Nordisk, with global responsibility for compliance, HR, communications, and sustainability. She spent over 25 years with the company in various international business roles.

Gilles Schnepp, Chairman of the Board, commented on the appointments.

Gilles Schnepp, Chairman of the Board, Danone“First, I would like, on behalf of the entire Board, to warmly thank Guido Barilla for his active and constant involvement in the Board’s work since 2018. His undisputed business acumen and experience in the Consumer Goods sector, as well as his remarkable integrity and wisdom, have been an undeniable added value to Danone,” he said. “The addition of Gilbert Ghostine and Lise Kingo marks another milestone in the renewal of Danone’s Board of Directors. With their experience in senior leadership roles and expertise in consumer goods, health, nutrition, and sustainability, they will support us in the implementation of the Renew Danone strategy. I would like to thank them for accepting to join the Board and look forward to working with them.”

To read more about these leaders, click here.

With added expertise to its Board of Directors, what will Danone achieve next? Stick with Deli Market News to find out.

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