Gold Partners

I strongly believe that creating an inclusive and diverse environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. Through inclusiveness we will create a working environment where our individuality is celebrated and where we can be confident that our views and actions matter. Only then can each and everyone of us feel empowered to make a difference in the way we work to deliver innovative thinking and grow our business forward. We aim to empower our people to bring impact directly and connect Inclusive Diversity more to the business at the local level. Partnering with LEAD will help us do just that and help us even further to enhance our networks and share best practices amongst the Retail and CPG industry groups.”

Bridgette Heller, Executive Vice President, Early Life Nutrition and Advanced Medical Nutrition,

GSK supports the LEAD Network because we know that diversity drives innovation, performance and trust. The positive feedback from our partnership in the US has now resulted in a European initiative whereby we will connect 100 GSK men and women with their colleagues in over 70 retailers and 130 FMCH/G companies. Let’s bring the outside in, let’s embrace diversity , let’s talk about it and let’s make this an even better place to work .”

Line De Decker, VP HR, Europe and Americas,
GSK Consumer Health

“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.”

Veronika Pountcheva,
Senior Vice President METRO AG

“We believe in building a workforce that reflects the diverse consumers and communities we serve. As such, we celebrate diversity and look to utilize the strength of our teams’ different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. LEAD is a crucial partner in further cementing our commitment to building a truly gender agnostic organization.“

Sergio Ezama, CHRO, PepsiCo Europe Sub Sahara Africa,

“Embracing diversity in all its forms is business critical for Unilever. The good news: we are on track to reach gender parity among managers by 2020. Since 2010, our percentage of female managers has increased from 38% to 49% in 2018. Is it enough? No. Of our very top managers, only 27% are female. So, we still have a lot to do. Our partnership with the LEAD Network will help us to advance and retain female talent, by learning from best practices in our industry and by having access to a great pool of role models and mentors. Therefore, I’m thrilled for Unilever to become a LEAD Gold Partner, and I look forward to taking action together.”

Hanneke Faber, President Unilever Europe and Member of the Unilever Executive team
Member of the Advisory Board of LEAD Network