People: Danone SA (DANO.PA)
Mr. Bernard Hours has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board at Danone SA since April 28, 2011. Mr. Hours is a graduate of Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and began his career at Unilever in 1979 as a Product Manager. He joined Danone in 1985 as Evian’s Head of Marketing in France. He later became Kronenbourg’s Head of Marketing and in 1990 Head of Marketing for Danone France. In 1994, he was named Chairman of Danone Hungary, and then Chairman of Danone Germany in 1996. He then returned to France as the Chairman of LU France in 1998. In November 2001, he was named Vice-President of the Fresh Dairy Products Division and joined the Group’s Executive Committee. In 2002, he was named Chairman of the Global Fresh Dairy Products Division, then Head of the Group’s Research and Development division. Since January 1, 2008, he has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Danone, responsible for the Group’s four operating Divisions: Fresh Dairy Products, Waters, Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Fonds Danone pour l’Ecosysteme, and since 2011, he has served as a Director of the danone.communities mutual fund (SICAV). he holds a number of other positions, including Director of Danone Industria, Essilior of America, Inc and Flam SA.
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