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Danone Names 3 Deputy CEOs

Jan. 23, 2023
Shane Grant in North America is one of three execs elevated to the new position “to sharpen the delivery of the Renew Danone Strategy.”

Danone on Jan. 18 named three Group Deputy CEOs with extended responsibilities “to better connect categories and regions and further elevate its ability to perform in the market.” All will report directly to CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique.

Shane Grant, current CEO of North America, was 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 operations. In addition, he will be responsible for the Global Dairy and Plant-Based category and Global Customer & Commercial Leadership.

Véronique Penchienati-Bosetta, currently CEO International, becomes Group Deputy CEO, CEO International and EVP Specialized Nutrition, Waters, Global Marketing & Digital. As CEO International, she will oversee Europe; China, North Asia & Oceania; and Rest of the World. In addition, she will be responsible for the Specialized Nutrition and Waters categories plus Global Marketing & Digital.

Juergen Esser, current Chief Financial, Technology and Data Officer, is being appointed Group Deputy CEO in charge of Finance, Technology & Data. Leaving the company are Nigyar Makhmudova, EVP Chief Growth Officer, and Floris Wesseling, Europe Zone President, who also were members of the Executive Committee.

Pablo Perversi takes over as Europe Zone President and member of the Executive Committee, 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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