Executive committee biography
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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 then participated in the largest acquisition made by a French company in the United States, namely that 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.
Since May 2, 1996, he has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone.
Since 2008, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the danone.communities mutual 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 the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Fonds Danone pour l’Écosystème, and in December 2011 he was named member of the Steering Committee of the Livelihoods Fund.Positions and responsibilities as of December 31, 2012
Positions and responsibilities held during the past five years