Step into the dairy aisle of your local grocer and you will come across a familiar brand: Dannon. But there are many other to-selling brands that you might be surprised to find are part of the Danone family – Silk almond milk, Horizon Organic, Wallaby, Oikos Greek yogurt, Activia and International Delight, to name a few.
Danone North America is the product of a purchase of Whitewave Foods in April 2017 by Paris-based Danone for a reported $10 billion. The transaction makes Danone North America one of America’s top 15 food and beverage companies. In April, Danone North America became a certified B Corp.
Danone operates under four business lines: fresh dairy products, early life nutrition, waters and medical nutrition. The company’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. It aspires to achieve this with the Alimentation Revolution, a revolutionary approach to tackle health issues through food by encouraging healthier, more sustainable eating and drinking habits. Alimentation acknowledges that there’s more to nutrition than the delivery of healthy food and drink; it also encompasses cultural (identity), hedonic (pleasure) and social (commensality) factors too. Danone’s ambition is to become one of the first multinationals to be a certified B Corp joining its US subsidiary.
Considering the numerous health trends and diet fads in America and its impact on food sales, the HBS Club of NY decided to invite Danone North America CEO Mariano Lozano to learn more about what the company is doing. Join us for this insightful conversation. Danone is on the Web at: www.danone.com. Danone NA is on the Web at: www.danonenorthamerica.com.
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CEO, Danone North America
Mariano Lozano is the CEO of Danone North America. Prior to this, from March 2009 to December 2013, Lozano was General Manager of DANONE Brazil. He started his career in various sales functions at Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes, leader of the Argentinean beer market and was then appointed Sales Director of Pillsbury Argentina.
Lozano joined DANONE in March, 2000 as General Manager of Logistica La Serenisima S.A., in charge of sales and distribution for DANONE and La Serenisima products in Argentina. From 2004 to 2006 he was General Manager of DANONE Slovakia and from January 2006 to May 2009, General Manager of DANONE Clover (Pty) in South Africa. He holds an Industrial Engineer Diploma from the University of Buenos Aires.
Partner, Vici Partners
Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.
Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.
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