DANONE :Danone presents the organizational part of its plan for savings and adaptation in Europe

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:10am EST

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Danone presents the organizational part 
of its plan for savings and adaptation in Europe  

February 19, 2013

To address a lasting downturn in the European economy and consumer trends that have led to a
significant decline in its sales in the region, Danone announced on December 13, 2012 that it was
preparing a cost-reduction and adaptation plan for its organizations to win back its competitive

In keeping with that announcement and following a period of in-depth analysis, information on the
plan is being presented today to Danone's European Works Council. 

The project calls for three major changes:

1.   A reduction by approximately half of management units, achieved by combining teams from
several countries into multi-country units. Danone will continue to do business in the same number
of countries and maintain a division-based structure to make best use of features specific to each
business line. 

2.   The combination within subsidiaries of several management functions that currently operate

3.   Focusing each level of management (corporate, division, region, etc.) on missions and
projects that have a direct impact on business growth. This will also involve simplifying key
management processes.

As proposed, this model will boost responsiveness and speed up decision-making. It will also
generate savings on general and administrative costs that will contribute to the cost-reduction
plan announced by Danone on December 13, 2012, enabling Danone to win back its competitive edge in

The proposed plan would lead to the suppression of around 900 management and administrative
positions across 26 European countries and will be conducted in contact with all works councils
representatives, at both European and local level.

The project will emphasize internal mobility and voluntary departures through a dedicated platform
favoring internal mobility, support for personal projects and individualized assistance for
employees leaving the company. It will be deployed over a two-year period.

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