Gold Partners

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

At Asahi we believe that what makes us different, makes us also stronger and a more innovative organization. Part of being an inclusive company is understanding and respecting all different types of diversity. We are committed to attract, retain and advance women and partner on this with the Lead network. We increased our focus on gender diversity and now we are moving forward to creating more understanding and awareness of other types of diversity and the importance of inclusion. As part of our journey we launched ‘Shine as you are’. This is our DEI identity; respecting difference, and support everyone’s freedom to be their true selves at work, at home, in public. To belong without having to conform, having the freedom to just be you and shine as you are. Asahi in Japanese means rising sun and Shine as you are is natural evolution of this. We already see good benefits in the collaboration within the LEAD network across the retail and consumer goods in Europe, as well as great development opportunities via the mentoring program and Inclusive leadership program.”

Catherine Sinclair, CHRO
Asahi Europe & International

Beiersdorf is fully committed to building a company that reflects the rich diversity of the communities in which we operate and the consumers we serve globally. This will be anchored in a truly inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has equal opportunities to succeed. Diversity & Inclusion is a global imperative that requires strong focus and great partnerships. As such, we are delighted that we will accelerate this agenda together with LEAD and its strong network of partners and are very much looking forward to a fantastic collaboration.”


Julia Schröder
Sales Director Pharmacy

Misel Ahom
Global Director Diversity & Inclusion

Inge Demeyere

Inge Demeyere
Managing Director Chocolate Europe & Chair EMEA Regional Diversity Council


Ben Webster

David Webster
Corporate Senior Vice President | Food Ingredients & Bio Industrial and Chief Risk Officer

Our purpose is to nourish the world. To feed the future, we need more diverse perspectives at the table. We’re diversifying our team globally through gender parity and regionally by identifying and working to advance underrepresented groups in leadership. We’re excited to partner with LEAD to support us in our journey to advance Cargill’s global gender parity aspirations. For Cargill EMEA especially, achieving full gender parity both at leadership level as well as all levels by 2030 is a critical goal.
We’re hopeful that LEAD will help us further sharpen our focus by bringing us closer to our customers who are also LEAD members, and help us make bold progress in advancing gender parity.”


“At CHEP, we are committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We believe that fostering workplace equity is not just fair but also a smart business strategy. Embracing diversity and striving for gender balance fuel innovation, agility, and profitability. Our partnership with LEAD reflects our shared vision for a leadership team that mirrors the diversity of our business and customers.”

David Cuenca, President, CHEP Europe

“Our mission at Diversey is to protect & care for people every day, everywhere. Care is embedded in everything we do and believe. We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity, including gender balance. The LEAD Network Partnership is a key element of our D&I strategy to deliver on our commitment to significantly increase the percentage of female leaders in our business”

Sinéad Kwant, President Europe at Diversey

“We believe that diversity drives our innovation at Givaudan and creates closer connections with our employees, customers and partners. As a leading global employer and a purpose-led Company, we have set ambitious objectives and before 2030, we aim that 50% of our senior leaders will be women. By joining LEAD Network, we are expanding our network and strengthening our commitment to becoming an even more balanced and inclusive Company.”

Gilles Andrier, CEO, Givaudan

“One of our core values is to ‘Be inclusive,’ and we’re excited by the opportunity to work with LEAD Network to enhance our efforts.  We work hard to build a culture of belonging that respects every team member because we value individuals’ diverse voices, talents, identities, backgrounds and experiences and we rely on them to drive innovation and success at GXO.”

Richard Cawston, FCILT, President, Europe, GXO Logistics

“Active participation in the LEAD Network is accelerating Ingredion’s journey towards female gender equity”

Michael O’Riordan, Regional President EMEA
Ingredion Incorporated

“Since the founding of the LEAD network, Kalypso, A Rockwell Automation Company, has been a strong supporter of their motto to “do, not try.” The Network’s resources have been invaluable in our journey to become a more equitable workplace. The leaders in our organization continually look to LEAD as a source of knowledge, inspiration and strength as we work to advance our diversity and inclusion goals. Our employees who are involved with the Network have access to an incredible platform to grow personally and professionally while making our industry a better place for women to work. I’m incredibly proud to be a sponsor since day one and will always continue to support the Network’s mission.”

George Young, Global Managing Director & Founder,
Kalypso, A Rockwell Automation Business

George Young

“I am proud to partner with the LEAD Network and committed to the CEO Pledge Kimberly-Clark signed earlier this year. Kimberly-Clark’s business success is intricately tied to creating workplaces, communities, and experiences where inclusion and diversity are evident and thriving. Now is the time for us all to take action and drive permanent and positive change.”

Olena Neznal, Vice-President Kimberly-Clark Professional EMEA

“At Kraft Heinz we care deeply about diversity. As in LEAD’s mission, we believe that ensuring we attract, retain and help females advance in our company is a necessary condition to fulfill our vision: Be the Best Food Company Growing a Better World.”

Jojo de Noronha, VP People & Performance
Kraft Heinz EMEA

“At McCormick, we’re standing together with our colleagues, communities, customers and consumers, to help grow our business and make a positive contribution to the world around us. I believe creating an inclusive environment with gender equity and opportunities for all is simply the right thing to do. I’m delighted to partner with the LEAD Network on this journey and look forward to working together to support our common goals.”

Chris Jinks, President, Europe, Middle East & Africa, McCormick

“After 30 years in the Food industry working in a range of R&D, Procurement, Operations and Supply Chain roles, I’m convinced that diversity, equity, and inclusion, help managers broaden their perspectives, boost the confidence of colleagues and drive organisations forward. Being part of the LEAD Network gives McCormick a great opportunity to exchange with peer companies, propose concrete actions to attract, develop, and retain women in Supply Chain roles, and I can’t wait to get involved!”

Florence Constant, EMEA Assured Supply Chain Director, McCormick

“In line with our Purpose and values, we strive to make gender equality and women’s empowerment an integral part of the way we do business”

Marie Dousova, VEVEY, Zone EMENA Sales & Customer Management