Join the LEAD Network

LEAD Network provides networking opportunities, Inspirational Journeys Series, learning opportunities, Access to skill-building events. Insights in examples of implementation of (gender) diversity programs to apply to your organisation. External inspiration and support for you and other like-minded future leaders.

LEAD Network Inspirational Video Series

Watch videos from leaders in the Retail industry and listen to what they have to say about diversity.

Watch the LEAD Network Webinars

Go the the LEAD Network Webinar page and register!

Join the LEAD Network and Advance Diversity

The mission of the LEAD Network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry in Europe through education, leadership and business development.

LEAD is convinced organisations can create more sustainable value by leveraging the full talent pool. Our Vision is a diverse workforce where both men and women are enabled to contribute their full potential and lead their organisations to the next level of value creation. We believe that advancing more women to take on leadership roles is required to face actual business challenges.

We are a non-profit organisation and our focus specifically on Retail and CPG industry only is unique within Europe.

Ahold Delhaize: Pillar of LEAD Network as Foundation Partnership

Ahold Delhaize is renewing its support at the highest level as Foundation Partner of the LEAD Network.
Sarah Chartrand, SVP Global Talent, Leadership & Diversity says,

“As a leading global retailer, Ahold Delhaize acknowledges that Diversity & Inclusion is fundamental to our business success and growth.
Every day, we strive to be an inclusive place to work where our associates reflect the markets we serve, where their voices are heard and valued, and they can grow and contribute to the fullest. We are proud to actively support the LEAD Network.”

On behalf of all the members of the LEAD Network, please join me in expressing our thanks to Sarah and the Ahold Delhaize team for their continued support of our mission to advance women in Retail & CPG in Europe.

Sarah Chartrand
Sarah Chartrand
SVP Global Talent, Leadership & Diversity

LEAD Network APRIL News

Read our April LEAD Network Newsletter

LEAD Network Inspirational Journeys Video Series

Watch videos from leaders in the Retail industry and listen to what they have to say about diversity.

Watch all videos here

Ian Mumby

Director of Product Supply, Waitrose

Watch Video


LEAD Network Members monthly interviews

Read interviews with leaders in the Retail industry and find out how they got where they are now.

Read all interviews here

Susan Sampson

Partner & Manager, Supply Chain Configuration and Planning
Waitrose & Partners

Read Interview

LEAD Network Partner Interviews

Read interviews with the partners of the LEAD Network

To the partner pages

Sabine Mueller

CEO, DHL Consulting

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BLOG – Doing not Trying

Read the blog by Vân Nguyen (Manager Business Development, Consumer Goods & Retail Industry at EY and Vice Chair of the LEAD Marketing Committee)



Metro AG

“Those who want to translate consumer needs in management decisions,
cannot ignore diversity. The conditions are favourable:
There are plenty of women in the talent pipelines.”

Ahold - Delhaize

“As a global retail leader, Ahold Delhaize acknowledges that Diversity & Inclusion is fundamental to its business success and growth. In principle and in practice, Ahold Delhaize promotes an inclusive and respectful work environment which gets Better every day for our associates, customers, communities and shareholders. We are thrilled to support LEAD.”

Procter & Gamble

“Gender Equality is a P&G Citizenship priority and a Business imperative. As a Company that serves billions of women around the world, we are leveraging our insights to uncover gender bias and taking actions to spark conversations and motivate change.
We are doing this through our brands, with our corporate voice, and with our people and partners inside and outside of our Company. As a foundation partner of LEAD, we aim to achieve equal women representation & leadership in the consumer goods & retail sector in Europe.”


“According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, it will take until 2234 to achieve global gender parity in the workplace. At EY, we believe it is far too long and we are committed to do what we can to accelerate women’s progress in the workplace.”