A series of interviews

FIONA LIEBEHENZ

FIONA LIEBEHENZ


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“If you can dream it, you can do it” – this is my motto since forever. I am a very curious person, eager to understand why things are happening in a certain way, and then changing, reinventing or accelerating them.”

Mohammad Naved

Mohammad Naved

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As a male member of the Network, I want to play my role in attracting more men in the cause. For me gender diversity is not only about empowering women at work but also encouraging men to take an equal and important role at home and in personal spheres via shared responsibilities.

Sara Oliva

Sara Oliva

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Through my career I had to “reinvent” myself a couple of times. The one that impacted me the most was when the team that I was leading was completely outsourced.

CAROLINE ALMEIDA

CAROLINE ALMEIDA

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My background is in biochemistry. Upon joining the workforce, I did not want to work in research, so looked for other opportunities to apply my love and knowledge of science.

Neslihan Nigiz

Neslihan Nigiz

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I have 19 years of cross functional experience in a global FMCG Company – Unilever. I joined Unilever Turkey in 1999 and have taken responsibilities in finance, supply chain and sales departments since then.

Vân Nguyen

Vân Nguyen

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The LEAD Network actively stirs up discussion on the topic, calls companies to action and gives leaders the tools to do it. I believe this is necessary to make businesses work better and have an equal playing field for men and women alike.

JEMIMA BRADBURY-WADE

JEMIMA BRADBURY-WADE

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Diversity brings fresh ideas. LEAD is something that in 5, 10, 20 years’ time, will bring positive change using the best tools there are – constructive debate and collaboration.

Caroline Basyn

Caroline Basyn

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I joined Mondelēz International (“MDLZ”) as Senior Vice President, Mondelēz International Business Services (“MBS”). Since then, I’ve built the foundation of a new global business service organization from scratch.

Julia Edler

Julia Edler

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I believe one of the most defining aspects of my life has been the multicultural background. I was born in Germany, raised in Mexico City, mother Mexican, father German and later I married a French man.

Fiona Liebehenz

Fiona Liebehenz

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I am a North German and had the wonderful opportunity to work in various business functions and countries in the recent years. Eleven years ago, I started my career at Unilever where I held different roles in Customer Development, Marketing, General Management in Germany and Switzerland.

Marie Dousova

Marie Dousova

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I’ve been working in business for nearly 25 years after a brief career in Science. As I was very good in math, I studied mathematics and physics, graduated from Charles University in Prague and started my career in Science, enjoying PhD studies in Biotechnology.

Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor

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I have a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and studied in the US. In 2001 I applied for a Marketing role in Mars and was offered a role in Procurement I quickly fell in love with the function and spent 7 years in different buying roles for both services and raw materials.

Fusün Tavus

Fusün Tavus

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I have a colourful career history. I worked in many different sectors such as tourism, real estate, exhibition and show business which enabled me to travel the world and work with different nationalities.

Val Quinn

Val Quinn

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“I believe that we each have a personal responsibility to help develop and unlock the full potential of ALL of our associates. Diversity is essential to drive innovative thinking and innovation and thus long term, sustainable growth and performance.”

Andreea Calin

Andreea Calin

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“I believe gender equality is not about women fighting for their right to be equal, it’s about women AND men finally understanding that our world today does not distinguish by gender and that we all have to forget this categorization even exists and work together to make the most of our lives.”

Deanna Thornton

Deanna Thornton

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“LEAD’s mission is especially important to me as I believe that in order for organisations to be successful long term, they need to develop all of their talent and in CPG companies, we need to have talent in our organisations that represent all of the end-users who use our products to ensure we have a strong offering that appeals across those various end-use customers.”

Catherine Francois

Catherine Francois

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“I believe diversity is a critical requirement for both professional and personal success. I am keen to drive the diversity agenda to communicate and promote the benefits of diversity as I believe we all have a personal responsibility to leave the right legacy for future generations.”

Camille Greene

Camille Greene

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“I think that LEAD should continue to champion diversity by creating leaders within the organizations that can truly “LEAD”, “CHAMPION” and more importantly “SUSTAIN” its mission.”

Adriana Vazquez

Adriana Vazquez

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“I have always fought for diversity in the workplace and was lucky to be part of projects with presence of many different nationalities which brought a lot to my professional and personal development and I can ensure you can reach the best results when you promote a diverse team with diverse ideas.”

Janet Lung Standig

Janet Lung Standig

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“I benefited from the support and encouragement from the other LEAD members on my journey. One year on, I am proud to say it was the definitely the right decision.  There are many things to celebrate.”

Tanya Kopps

Tanya Kopps

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“I want to serve as a role model for young leaders and be someone that is open to discuss, or even just listen, as a mentor, coach, colleague and friend.”

Lill Kleven

Lill Kleven

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“We will continue to build the organization in order to inspire, educate and support – and it’s important for the LEAD network to expand our ‘product’ so that everyone benefits.”

Annelie Verstraaten

Annelie Verstraaten

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“I firmly believe and have experienced that diversity in teams , not just on gender but on a wide range of aspects, leads to inspiration, new insights, a balanced perspective and better results.”

Inge Terpstra

Inge Terpstra

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“I believe the best thing we can achieve with LEAD is that our children cannot imagine why there would be any reason for existence of such a foundation…”

Marja Dracmanis

Marja Dracmanis

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“Personally the LEAD Network has always has been a very helpful source of external inspiration. My absolute highlights have been the Networking events with great speakers and opportunity to meet other leaders from our industry.”

Sue Knowles

Sue Knowles

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“LEAD – This is a well structured business organisation and is attracting real powerhouses from within the industry and it just happens that they are women.”

Sharon Jeske

Sharon Jeske

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“LEAD is developing a Gender Diversity Scorecard, the first of its kind, to measure and benchmark the progress of the advancement of women in senior executive positions in our sector in Europe.”

Mick Broekhof

Mick Broekhof

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“I counted the number of executive women I had in my network and came to 13. I contacted them and sent a book I recommend to everyone, THE NEW WOMAN RULES.”