Danone strengthens its leadership team to sharpen the delivery of the Renew Danone Strategy

Paris, January 18th, 2023

Today Danone announces 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 & 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 & 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 NORAM (North America) and LATAM (Latin America). In addition, he will be responsible for the Global Dairy and Plant-Based category (EDP) and Global Customer & Commercial Leadership.
  • Juergen Esser, current Chief Financial, Technology and Data Officer, is being appointed Group Deputy CEO in charge of Finance, Technology & Data.


Danone announces 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.


Danone announces the appointment of Pablo Perversi as Europe Zone President, member of the Executive Committee, in replacement of Floris Wesseling. He will be 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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