Danone: Emmanuel Faber, a committed utopian caught up with realities


PORTRAIT – At the head of the group since 2014, this HEC graduate has built a special place in the aristocracy of the CAC 40. But internally, his management style is far removed from his image of social boss.

A plebiscite for Emmanuel Faber! During Danone’s general meeting, 99% of shareholders approve the group’s mission statement. A first for a giant of the CAC 40, a consecration for its CEO, attached to the social and environmental raison d’être of Danone.

It’s June 26, 2020, nine months ago, an eternity ago … This commitment, which has long been the strength of Emmanuel Faber, has become his main weakness. Since taking office at the head of the group in June 2014, this HEC graduate has built a special place in the aristocracy of the CAC 40. Committed boss capable of paying a large part of his salary to charities , a practicing Catholic, “soldier monk” at the head of Danone, Emmanuel Faber is the opposite of his predecessor, Franck Riboud: the son of the builder of the champion of dairy products is indeed renowned for his charming, relaxed and laughing side. ‘it had imposed as a corporate culture at Danone.

But Emmanuel’s journey

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