People: Danone SA (DANO.PA)
Mr. Benoit Potier has been an Independent Director of Danone SA since April 11, 2003. He has been a Member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee since April 2012. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, Mr. Potier joined the Air Liquide group in 1981 as a Research and Development engineer. He then held positions as Project Manager in the Engineering and Construction Department and Head of Energy Development within the Large Industry segment. In 1993 he was named Head of Strategy-Organization and in 1994 he was appointed Head of Chemicals, Steel, Refining and Energy Markets. He became Deputy General Manager in 1995, and added to the aforementioned responsibilities that of Head of Construction Engineering and Large Industry for Europe. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1997, a Director of Air Liquide in 2000 and Chairman of the Management Board in November 2001. In 2006, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Air Liquide SA. In 2008, he initiated the creation of Fondation Air Liquide and has served as its Chairman since its inception. He is also a member of the Michelin Supervisory Board. Since October 2010, he has also been the Vice-Chairman of the European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT).
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