Gold 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

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.”


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

“CHEP is devoted to providing equal opportunities for growth and development for all. Our vision is to have a leadership team which reflects the diversity of the business and the customers it serves. Our shared goals and industry sector focus make LEAD a great partner for CHEP.”

Michael Pooley, President, CHEP Pallets Europe, Middle East & Africa

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

“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

“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

“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