A pionner's view on an extraordinary adventure

A pionner's view on an extraordinary adventure

Franck Riboud, who was at the helm of the company for more than two decades, played a pivotal role in making Danone one of the most influential food companies in the world. Besides driving the company's development and performance through his leadership, he also was the man who led the efforts to define Danone's mission.

Franck Riboud, who was at the helm of the company for more than two decades, played a pivotal role in making Danone one of the most influential food companies in the world. Besides driving the company's development and performance through his leadership, he also was the man who led the efforts to define Danone's mission.

“Leading Danone for more than 20 years has been a wonderful adventure for me. An adventure as much as a passion—a passion for products, brands, clients, consumers, as well as for the company’s employees. A passion for growth, performance and competition. A passion for innovation, agility and action. A passion for diversity and for our unique culture rooted in the fundamental belief that sustainable growth cannot take place without having social and environmental responsibility constantly in mind. Alongside Danone’s employees, I have held this strong, incredibly challenging belief for more than 20 years. Together, we have worked to maintain the balance between our diverse short-term interests and long-term performance and growth goals, all while negotiating with stakeholders that hold opposing points of view as well as constantly acknowledging and managing the outcomes of our decisions. I have found these apparent contradictions and tensions to be incredibly fruitful. I’ve enjoyed discussing and debating with shareholders, trade unions and clients, and drawing inspiration from conflicting ideas to find new solutions, driven by the dual belief that it is in Danone’s interest to serve not only a financial purpose but also a societal one. With Emmanuel Faber now serving as Chairman and CEO, Danone will continue to stay true to its unique vision, which is the key to our success and sustainable future. The adventure is far from over.”