Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Born in 1964, in France
Business address: 17, boulevard Haussmann – 75009 Paris – France
Personal background – experience and expertise
Emmanuel FABER began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He moved to Legris Industries, where he was named Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer, Strategy, and became member of the company’s Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005 he took up the position of Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008, Emmanuel was appointed Deputy General Manager and, in 2011, he became Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. In October 2014, he became Danone’s Chief Executive Officer. Since December 1, 2017, he is also Chairman of the Board.
Since 2019, Emmanuel FABER is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum, a CEO-led organisation that helps the world’s retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to collaborate, alongside other key stakeholders, to secure consumer trust and drive positive change, including greater efficiency.
Emmanuel FABER is strongly committed to promoting innovative inclusive business models. In 2005, he supervised the first social business experiments conducted in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank and the creation of Danone Communities in 2006, in close collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Muhammad Yunus. With Martin Hirsch, Emmanuel is also a founder and co-chair of the Business and Poverty Action Tank, a socialbusiness incubator based at HEC in Paris. In 2013, upon the request of the French Government, Emmanuel cowrote with Jay Naidoo the report “Innovating by mobilizing stakeholders: 10 proposals for a new approach to Official Development Assistance".
Since 2019, Emmanuel FABER spearheads the Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) initiative. Launched in August 2019, in connection with the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Biarritz (France), B4IG is a first-of-its kind coalition of 40 leading global companies and partners committed to tackling inequalities and promoting inclusive growth, sponsored by French President Emmanuel Macron and coordinated by the OECD.
In parallel, Emmanuel FABER actively contributes to building a global business movement for biodiversity. Launched in September 2019 at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, the “One Planet Business for Biodiversity” (OP2B) coalition, hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), gathers 19 leading companies joining forces to protect biodiversity and step up regenerative farming practices, for the benefit of planet and people.