• Meet the LEAD Network Advisory Board.

    The Advisory Board members are senior executive leaders who provide strategic guidance to the LEAD Network Foundation

  • Advisory Board Chair
    Helayne Angelus
    Partner Kalyspo

    Helayne Angelus is a Partner with Kalypso and former Vice President of Customer Business Development with Procter and Gamble. Helayne has led high performing diverse global teams totaling over $3.5 billion in sales. Helayne has recently co-authored a White Paper on Collaborative Innovation harnessing her 30+ year expertise in the CPG and Retail Industry. As a founder and past president of the Network of Executive Women, Helayne was a NEW Officer for over nine years, She lead NEW’s explosive growth to over 73+ companies, 3,500 members and 17 regions. Helayne’s vision and leadership of NEW enabled the value added national programming, sponsor growth and regional expansion. This includes the creation of the Annual Summit, Multicultural Initiative and the Executive Leader Forum. In 2007, she championed the publication of the NEW Woman Rules, a groundbreaking book which highlights over 50 senior female executives offering their mentoring wisdom. As a Partner at Kalypso, a professional services firm dedicated to bringing innovation to life, Helayne has helped many Fortune 50 companies in their Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Helayne is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Helayne is married to Michael Friedman and has two grown children, Mariel and Zach.

  • Myriam Cohen-Welgryn
    Regional President BDB Europe
    Mars Petcare, Europe

    Myriam has always looked at the world with her eyes wide open. To satisfy her insatiable curiosity, she studied Economics at ESSEC, the 2nd leading French Business School as well as at Icade, Spain.

    As she could never get bored with studying, she started working for the School of Marketing (Procter & Gamble). For 7 years, she studied how to read consumers behaviors and how to turn consumption data into enlightening equations. She strengthened her skills at PepsiCo for 3 years, discovering how to unleash the power of emotions.
    Yet, as her name indicates, “Well-Green”, Myriam has always wanted to contribute even more actively to protect our planet. This is why she decided to join Danone, a company group well known for promoting sustainable development. She stayed for 14 years, becoming first global CMO of the Biscuits business, later General Manager of Ireland and finally of France. 
    Spotted as a “green activist”, she was proposed by the executive committee to bring the newly created “Nature Global General manager” role to life to “stop talking and start executing it for real”.  So she did, cutting 2 Million tons of C02 in 4 years while actively engaging brands into a serious transformation.
    When she was proposed by Mars to become CEO of Mars Petcare & Food France, she could not resist joining this private company which aims at becoming the “most mutual company in the world”. Over the past 3 years, she contributed by putting the French business back into strong sustainable growth while also reaching the 2nd Place at Great Place To Work for the second year in a row.
    Taking over as Regional President she is now in a position to contribute to the Mars vision of creating a better world for pets Europe wide.

    Importantly, Myriam has always been a great supporter of the women’s cause.  Not only because she is a mother to 3 daughters (and a female cat). Myriam strongly believes that bio-diversity at work not only drives company resilience but strengthens the overall company performance. She is very proud of the perfect parity of the French Mars leading Team during her tenure.
    When she is not contributing to creating a better world for pets, Myriam is peacefully writing novels at home, skiing down the slopes of the French Alps, or travelling the world with her family.

  • Béatrice Dupuy
    Sales Vice President
    Procter & Gamble

    Béatrice is Sales Vice President at Procter & Gamble, Member of P&G Sales Executive Board and Member of P&G Executive Board of Europe.

    Béatrice was born in Paris and joined Procter & Gamble in France in 1990, right after graduating from French Business School. Starting in the field, she rapidly moved to headquarters to manage her first key customer.

    Her expertise led her to various assignments in key account management and Trade Marketing, In ten years, Béatrice has managed at different levels key French and international customers and has covered many P&G categories in Trade Marketing, Fabric, Home, Baby, Femcare and Beauty Care.

    In 2001, Beatrice got promoted to Sales Associate Director and became Member of the French P&G Executive Board.

    In 2005, she moved with her husband and 2 children (8 years and 4 years old) to P&G International Operations in Geneva to pursue her international career.

    She started with European responsibilities, as Trade Marketing Associate Director for Feminine Care, then was promoted to become Director Customer Business Development.

    In 2011, Beatrice became Global Trade Marketing Director for the P&G fragrance business, which was her first immersion into the world of luxury brands and her first global role.

    Since 2014, Béatrice is Sales Vice President, leading P&G global business for a large international customer with a very diverse team spread around the world. She is still based in Geneva with her family.

    Her engagement in diversity really started in 2006, a short time after moving to Geneva, when she realized that it has not always been easy to be a working mum with a dual international career, and that she could help others. Hence, Beatrice became engaged in the Sales D&I community and led this team in Europe for 10 years. Since 2016, she is the Global P&G Sales D&I leader, on top of her business responsibilities.

    Her passion for diversity has expanded outside of P&G, and amongst other initiatives, she has decided to join the LEAD Network. Béatrice strongly believes that LEAD can make a real difference in the FMCG industry thanks to its clear mission and ambitious plans, the passionate LEAD volunteers, and the power of retailers and suppliers committed together to drive change.

    “Through our actions and the conversations that we spark, we aspire to build a better world for all of us—inside and outside of P&G—free from gender bias and with equal representation and an equal voice for men and women.

    Creating a better world through Gender Equality is a P&G Citizenship priority. As a Company that understands women, we are leveraging our insights to uncover gender bias and taking actions to spark conversations and motivate change.

    We are doing this through our brands, with our corporate voice, and with our people and partners inside and outside of our Company. This is why P&G is a foundation partner of LEAD in Europe, and why I have accepted to join LEAD advisory board.” - Béatrice DUPUY, Sales Vice President, Procter & Gamble. 

  • Hanneke Faber
    Chief Ecommerce & Innovation Officer & member of the Executive Committee Ahold Delhaize

    Hanneke Faber is the Chief Ecommerce & Innovation Officer & Member of the Executive Committee at Ahold Delhaize. Since 2013 she leads Ahold Delhaize global on-line business and is responsible for global Omnichannel Customer Loyalty and Innovation. Before joining Ahold Delhaize, Hanneke was the Vice President and General Manager of Global Pantene, Head & Shoulders and Herbal Essences at Procter & Gamble, where she began her career in 1992. She held other senior roles in marketing and general management in both Europe and the United States. Europe. Hanneke was a 7-time Dutch national springboard diving champion. She attended the University of Houston (Texas, USA) on an athletic scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude with a BA and an MBA.

    About Ahold Delhaize: Ahold Delhaize is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands. Ahold Delhaize operates strong brands in 11 different countries. Ahold Delhaize is building a truly Omnichannel offering, so that our customers can shop wherever, whenever and however is most convenient and attractive to them.

    Memberships: Member of the supervisory board of Bayer AG, Germany Member of the LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) advisory board

  • Julie Hamilton
    Senior Vice President, Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer
    The Coca-Cola Company

    Julie Hamilton is Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Previously she served as Executive Assistant to Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent. Before that, she served as President of the Global Wal-Mart Group, responsible for leading Coca-Cola's relationship with Wal-Mart around the world.

    Hamilton joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996 and has held a variety of sales, marketing and operational positions including Group Vice President of the North America Wal-Mart Team, Vice President of Global Customer Development, Group Director for Global On-Premise Customers, Director of Franchise Sales and Marketing-Northwest US Region, Group Manager for the Worldwide Marketing Partnership with Blockbuster and Brand Development Manager of Still Beverages.

    Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Hamilton worked for Anheuser-Busch where she held positions in marketing and domestic/international beverage sales.

    Currently, Hamilton serves on the boards of the Network of Executive Women in Retail, Children's Miracle Network and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). As a champion of women in business, she also has served as President of the Coca-Cola Women's Forum from 2005 to 2007 and continues to mentor fellow associates and youth in the community.

    Hamilton grew up in Genoa, Italy, Seattle and St. Louis. She attended high school in LeMans, France, studied at Vanderbilt University and London's Imperial College of Science and Economics. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.

  • Ilham Kadri
    Ilham Kadri, President & CEO, Diversey

    In her 22 years of experience, Dr. Ilham Kadri has held a variety of global roles in Business Leadership, Strategic Planning, Sales, Marketing, Product Management, M&A and Research & Development in public and private companies such as Shell Chemicals-Basell, UCB-Cytec, Huntsman, Rohm Haas-Dow and Sealed Air.

    As President of the Diversey Care division within Sealed Air, Kadri was responsible for a turnaround in the business – focusing on delivering improved performance and halting a slide in sales and profit. To achieve this, she reformed the division, leading to four consecutive years of double digit profitable growth – with improved working capital, an efficient business with 18% less human capital and three successfully integrated acquisitions.

    After the acquisition by Bain Capital Private Equity in September 2017, Kadri became the President & CEO of Diversey, responsible for the future direction and growth of the business as a customer-centric global leader in the hygiene and cleaning industry.
    This has ensured the newly spun-off organization maintains its emphasis on performance, service and innovation – all while integrating chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment with a wide range of technology based value-added services, food safety services, and water and energy management.

    Kadri will continue to provide resources for the development of innovative digital solution in the professional cleaning industry – including her game changing invention based on sensing and analytics, the Internet of CleanTM (IoC).
    She is committed to mentoring young women and promoting female leadership in the field of science, engineering and business. She created WIN chapters at Dow and Diversey Care and is an executive sponsor of Diversey’s Diversity and Inclusion programs. She founded “The Hygieia Network™ in 2014, with other women leaders, targeting to combat illiteracy and building-up a curriculum and job prestige in the cleaning industry.

    Kadri serves as a board member for numerous organizations. She is a board member at A.O. Smith Corporation (and a member of the audit committee); the Founder and Chairwoman of the ISSA Hygieia Network; an advisory board member of Catalyst in the USA; and an advisory board member of Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) in Europe for the Retail sector.

    Ilham is a chemical engineer and has a master’s degree in physics and chemistry. She holds a doctorate in Polymers/ Reactive Extrusion.

  • Diane Levin
    Vice President, Information Technology
    Johnson & Johnson Consumer EMEA

    Diane Levin holds the position of Vice President, Information Technology for Consumer EMEA, since August 1, 2011. Diane is responsible for defining and implementing the IT strategy for the Consumer Group in the EMEA region. She is a member of the EMEA Regional Leadership Team. Additionally, Diane is the Sponsor for the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for Consumer in the EMEA region and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee in EMEA for J&J.
    In prior roles, Diane was the Director of Information Technology for the MD&D IT Supply Chain organization, responsible for managing the IT organization in the EMEA region. She sponsored strategic programs and initiatives for Supply Chain, Finance and Distribution for the One MD&D EMEA organization. She also managed key business relationships for the MD&D Finance organization in EMEA, including Financial Shared Services. A key focus of her role included the deployment of the regional order to invoice program to implement common processes and IT solutions across EMEA. In addition, Diane was the primary liaison to the DePuy International Supply Chain organisation in EMEA to develop strategic roadmaps and related programs.
    Diane joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 as the Manager of Information Technology for the Diabetes Care Franchise, responsible for the implementation and support of technology solutions for the Finance and Supply Chain/Operations organizations. In 2004, she was promoted to Director of Information Technology for the MD&D Operations Centre of Excellence in the Diabetes Care Franchise where she led initiatives to implement and leverage JDE ERP, Global Supply Chain planning systems, business intelligence and financial applications for the franchise. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Diane held various positions implementing IT solutions for global companies, working in the US and Europe.
    Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
    Diane and her husband, David, live in London, U.K.

  • Veronika Pountcheva
    Senior Vice President METRO AG

    Due to her many years of experience, Veronika is Global Director, Corporate Responsibility & Senior Vice President of METRO Group since October 2016.

    Born at Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, Veronika studied at the Technical University and the National School of Economics of her hometown receiving a Master of Engineering and a Master of Business Economics.

    Pursuing her academic career, she went to London Business School where she completed various Postgraduate programs.

    Veronika started her professional career in engineering in 1988 at Vitosha Textile Company. After gaining first experiences in the textile industry, she changed to the chemical industry working for BASF Bulgaria in different representative positions from 1992 to 1998.

    Since 1998 Veronika works for METRO C&C and got to know the company very well by holding various positions in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia and Germany.

    In Bulgaria she worked as Buyer Detergents & Cosmetics and as Senior Buyer Food until 2004.Veronika then became Food Buying Director and Member of the Management Board in Ukraine for four years and worked as Managing Director in Serbia from 2008 to 2012. In Germany, she was Member of the Management Board and Managing Director C+C Schaper from 2012 to 2015.

    In 2015 she returned to her home country Bulgaria where she worked as Managing Director of METRO C&C Bulgaria until last year.

  • Sam Simister
    Future Development Director
    Innocent Drinks

    Sam always fancied being a doctor but somewhere along the way, ended up being seduced by the exciting world of food technology and biochemistry. 

    Whilst studying Food Science at The University of Surrey, Sam spent her industrial placement year working as a food technologist at M&S. Here she discovered her first food love - fruit. 

    After leaving university, Sam continued to work for M&S, travelling to all sorts of far flung places across the globe, sourcing the very finest fruit and salads for them. 

    She then spent 7 years in the USA heading up the Technology & Product Development team for them at Kings Supermarkets and running her own business. 

    Having fully enjoyed the bright lights of Manhattan, a chance call from an old colleague introduced her to innocent and she’s been growing the business there ever since.

    As a Board Director at innocent, Sam has been managing the global supply chain of innocent until recently and is now accountable for Future Development & everything in the bottle…

    From coaching and developing her team and suppliers alike to buying fruit, developing new recipes and working on exciting leading edge processes, people (and fruit) are at the heart of what Sam does every day.

    When not heading up the Future Development, you’re most likely to find Sam riding horses and mountain bikes, swimming or partaking in her favourite sort of sourcing – wining and dining in new haunts.

  • Diane Tucci
    Vice President, Country Manager
    Costco Wholesale Spain, S.L.U.

    Diane started with Costco in August of 1993 as a Warehouse Manager in Training in a Montreal location. In May of 1994, she was promoted to Warehouse Manager in St. Laurent; from there Diane went on to manage two other locations in the Montreal area. In October 2000 she was promoted to Assistant General Merchandising Manager Ancillary overseeing Photo, Optical, Optical Lab, Gas stations, Pharmacy and Hearing Aids. In August of 2002, Diane joined the Human Resources team as Director of Employee Development, and in 2007 was promoted to National HR Director for Canada. In August of 2009 she was promoted to VP Operations Eastern Canada. In December 2012 she was promoted to the position of Country Manager -Spain.
    Prior to Costco during 19 years Diane worked for the largest Canadian women`s clothing retailer as Regional Director.
    McGill University graduate.