Foundation Partners

NielsenIQ
NielsenIQ
Unilever- LEAD Network Partner

“As a leading global retailer, Ahold Delhaize acknowledges that Diversity & Inclusion is fundamental to our business success and growth. Everyday, 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.”

Sarah Chartrand, SVP Global Talent, Leadership & Diversity
Ahold Delhaize

“Coca-Cola European Partners is a leader in one of the largest FMCG sectors and we offer some of the world’s leading beverage brands, with a culture that includes diverse, talented people.  Inclusion and diversity is more than a strategy to us, it is a ‘no-opt out’ philosophy, an important part of which is the advancement of women as a long-held goal, driving positive action right across our company. We are proud to work and collaborate with LEAD and other partner companies seeking to advance, retain and attract more women into the retail and consumer goods industry.” 

Sue Eilfield, VP Human Resources, Inclusion & Diversity.
Coca-Cola European Partners

“The Coca-Cola Company’s global diversity mission is to mirror the rich diversity of the marketplace we serve. Diversity is at the heart of our business as we operate in over 200 countries. I believe that strengthening inclusion in our industry will provide a more robust talent pipeline, drive innovation and growth in our industry. We are proud to support the LEAD Network and its mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods sector in Europe“

Elaine Bowers Coventry,
Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

“After experiencing a year like no other, we, at EY, believe now more than ever that the power of inclusiveness and diversity will build sustainable and resilient societies, industries and companies. We are determined to close the gender gap, by accelerating parity progress in our own workplace and helping clients to do the same. We support the LEAD Network. It’s a place where individuals can connect, share ideas and build momentum for change.”

Petra Brand, EY Consulting Partner – Consumer Industries, EY
David Naim, EMEIA Sector Leader – Consumer Industries, EY

“Johnson & Johnson has always been a leader in D&I and it’s rooted in our Credo: “We must provide an inclusive work environment where each person must be considered an individual”. D&I at Johnson & Johnson means – You Belong. Our mission is to make D&I our way of doing business. It’s about empowering others so they can be at their best. We must educate, empower and inspire all employees to step up and play an active part in creating an equal and inclusive environment for everyone. It’s simply the right thing to do. We continue to champion gender equality at J&J and that’s why we are proud to support the LEAD Network and its mission.”

Pat Smallcombe, Company Group Chair
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health EMEA

“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

“At NielsenIQ we have always been in the front seat as a role model for D&I. However we can not win this battle on our own. We need your help. We as senior leaders need to lead by example and be more active in our support to improve parity at director level and above. You can make a difference and there is no better way to start this quest for Diversity and Inclusion by signing the CEO pledge. Together we shape the future and continue this journey to 50/50.“

Judith Kuiper, Commercial Leader Benelux & Nordics, NielsenIQ

“We are delighted to continue our support to LEAD Network as a founding partner. This year we want to accelerate progress towards a more equal and inclusive workplace, by engaging more men inside and outside our company and shining a light on unconscious biases that hold us back. As leaders, managers, fathers and partners, their influence and support are critical change the conversation, which in turn will help drive women’s leadership and advancement. We are committed to DOING our part in partnership with LEAD to make a meaningful impact in our industry and society.”

Béatrice Dupuy
Vice President – Sales and Israel, West Bank & Gaza, Procter & Gamble

“At PepsiCo, we believe that Inclusion and Diversity makes us stronger together. As such, we celebrate what makes each of us unique and we look to continuously foster a diverse workplace in which everyone can truly be who they are, have a sense of belonging and an opportunity to thrive. LEAD is a key partner in this mission to connect, inspire and enable our PepsiCo people to create a future of inclusion and gender equality on all levels.”

David Souperbiet, Chief HR Officer
PepsiCo Europe

“With our Foundation Partnership, we have the opportunity to learn from other companies and see how we can re-apply. Also, the network accelerates the results we can achieve. Really making a difference can only happen when we collaborate for this bigger purpose;
LEAD Network contributes well to that collaboration.”

Francis Hoefman, SVP HR Hygiene/Home

"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