Board of Directors Biography
|Franck Riboud |
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Danone
Personal background – experience and expertise
Franck RIBOUD is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
He joined the Group in 1981, where he held successive positions through 1989 in management control, sales and marketing. After serving as Head of Sales at Heudebert, in September 1989 he was appointed to head up the department responsible for the integration and development of new companies in the Biscuits branch. He was involved in the most significant acquisition completed by a French group in the United States, namely the acquisition of Nabisco’s European activities by BSN. In July 1990, he was appointed General Manager of Société des Eaux Minérales d’Evian.
In 1992, Franck RIBOUD became Head of the Group Development Department. The Group then launched its international diversification marked by increased development in Asia and Latin America and through the creation of an Export Department.
In 1994, BSN changed its name to Danone in order to become a global brand.
On May 2, 1996, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone.
On September 2, 2014, Franck RIBOUD is appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Danone of as a result of the separation of functions of Chairman and CEO of the Group, with effect on October 1, 2014.
Since 2008, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the danone.communities mutual investment fund (SICAV), a financing entity aimed at promoting the development of profitable companies whose primary goal is to maximize socially responsible objectives as opposed to profit.
Since 2009, he has served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, and in December 2011 he was named member of the Steering Committee of the Livelihoods Fund.