The Board of Directors danone.communities
The Board of Directors danone.communities is composed of 12 members: personalities and pioneers in the development actors. History, personal commitment or professional background of those who motivate their involvement and contribution to the project danone.communities. Their knowledge or interest in the problems of developing countries, their experience with communities and their diverse geographical origins make this collaboration a real force for the project. All are convinced that there is now a real place in the economy to the "social business".
Franck Riboud joined the Group in 1980. In July 1990 he was appointed general manager of Evian mineral water. In 1992, Mr. Riboud was named head of business development for the Group and was appointed vice president in August 1994. On May 2, 1996, Franck Riboud was named President and CEO of Groupe Danone, a position he still holds today. Franck Riboud is a member of the Board of ADMINITRATIVE Renault, Accor, Lacoste and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) in 2006.
Muhammad Yunus is the origin of the first microcredit institution, Grameen Bank. The Grameen Bank has nearly 1,400 branches in Bangladesh and works in over 50,000 villages. Since its inception in 1983, it lent 4.69 billion dollars and displays reimbursement rate of 99%. In 2006 Muhammad Yunus established the joint venture with Danone Grameen Danone Foods on a model of social entrepreneurship. Muhammad Yunus wins Nobel Peace Prize the same year. It is one of the inventors and a tireless proponent of the concept of social business.
Prior to joining Danone, Emmanuel Faber worked for Bain & Company and Baring Brothers before joining Legris Industries as chief financial officer and general manager.He joined Groupe Danone in 1997 as head of corporate strategy. In 2000 he became CFO, Member of the Executive Committee, and in 2005 Executive Vice President Asia Pacific. Since 2008 he became Managing Director in charge of all support functions of the company.
Gary Hirshberg embodies a successful entrepreneurial model engaged. In 1983 he created Stonyfield Farm, a dairy company whose reputation bio is based on its environmental commitment. Among many initiatives, Gary Hirshberg pay 10% of sales of Stonyfield to protect the planet, sets up vending machines to healthy foods in schools to fight against obesity, or does appear on the lids of pots yogurt awareness campaigns on subjects of interest for example on climate change.
Georges Paugetis CEO of Crédit Agricole. Crédit Agricole has played a key role in creating danone.communities, two of its subsidiaries also managing the Fund and the venture capital fund danone.communities. The bank shares with Groupe Danone values of proximity and solidarity it defends on the ground, including through organizations working for social and economic integration of the poorest, and for agricultural and rural development in developing countries South. Crédit Agricole is also committed to the sides of Aid Association for Children.
Jacques Bungert began his career with the Danone Group. In 1990, he founded the advertising agency Prodeo belonging to the group Young & Rubicam in 1999. He is now co-chairman of Young & Rubicam France and is engaged with Zinedine Zidane in all projects for the Children's Aid Danone.
Jay Naidoo, a pioneer of trade unionism in South Africa, was minister in charge of development and telecommunications in the first government of Nelson Mandela. He is now chairman of J & J Group, a private investment firm, and the South African Development Bank, major financial player in the social and economic expansion of countries in Southern Africa. Jay Naidoo is also Chairman of GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), which campaigns against malnutrition through fortification of staple foods, which collaborates with UNICEF.
Jean-Michel Severino is today a leading international experts on issues of 'developing'.He was Director of Development at the French Ministry of Cooperation and Vice-President of the World Bank for Asia. Since 2001, Jean-Michel Severino is director of the French Development Agency. This financial institution working in partnership with governments, the private sector and local associate networks for the implementation of economic projects and social issues in over sixty countries.
Maria Nowak, dubbed the "banker of the excluded," since the 80s is a major advocate of microcredit and many initiatives in Central Europe and Africa. Author of the book upon "is not ready (no) to the rich," Maria Nowak was inspired by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to develop its concept of loan. In France, in 1989 she founded the Association for the Right to Economic Initiative (ADIE), which has since contributed to the creation of 44,170 businesses, generating 53,000 jobs, with over 51 000 loans granted.
Businesswoman engaged, Xochitl Galvez actively supports communities in need. She is from the Nahuatl Nation, Indian community in Mexico. In 2000 she was appointed head of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico within the Fox administration. From 2006 she devoted herself to the Foundation Futures giving assistance to malnourished children in indigenous areas in Mexico. Xochitl Galvez is CEO of consulting firm High Tech Services, which she founded in 1992.
Zinedine Zidane now devotes his time and reputation on its commitment to children.Godfather of the European Association against leukodystrophies (ELA), he also joined Groupe Danone in a global partnership for child welfare. Since 2001 he is a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations program for the development and participates in this context to a match to fund projects to fight against poverty. It opened in 2006 with Franck Riboud and Muhammad Yunus, the first factory of Grameen Danone Foods.
In 2011, Jean-Michel Severino leaved the board. Two new members entered : Bernard Hours and Luc Rigouzzo.
Bernard Hours, a French citizen aged 55, joined Danone in 1985, first in sales and marketing with Evian and Kronenbourg, then moving on to become Marketing Director, Danone France, in 1990. In 1994, he was appointed General Manager Danone Hungary, then General Manager Danone Germany in 1996 and General Manager LU France in 1998. In 2001, he became General Manager Business Development, with the Fresh Dairy Products division and in 2002 Executive Vice President of the same division. In January 2008, he becomes Co-Chief Operating Officer of Danone and in 2010 Vice-President of the Board. Mr. Hours is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales.
Luc Rigouzzo is the head of the cabinet of the French minister of cooperation. He has been PROPARCO’s CEO until December 2010, an investment bank specializing in long-term sustainable investment in emerging countries in order to promote green and inclusive growth. Luc Rigouzzo was also Member of the “Agence Française de Développement » Executive Committee and Chairman of the Board of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI).
Luc Rigouzzo, who holds degrees in both agronomy and finance, began his career as an Agronomy Engineer in Mexico. He joined AFD in 1988 where he was an investment officer in the agribusiness sector in Ivory Coast, in Cameroon and in Paris.