Danone has new research VP

Jean-Philippe Pare, currently President of Kraft Foods France, will be taking up the position of executive vice president, research and development, with Danone on 2 May, also becoming a member of the executive committee. He will replace Sven Thormahlen, who has decided to move on to a new professional challenge.
Heading up a staff of 1,200 scientists and specialized developers, Pare will be responsible for R&D serving all four Danone divisions (Fresh Dairy, Waters, Baby Nutrition and Medical Nutrition) and international research centers including the Daniel Carasso Center south of Paris and the Wageningen Center in the Netherlands.
Commenting on this appointment, Bernard Hours, co-chief operating officer at Danone, says: “Under the leadership of Sven Thormahlen, Danone’s R&D has significantly reinforced its structures and organization in recent years, at the same time gaining focus and consolidating both its expertise and scientific credibility in several key areas. This, in turn, has enabled it to play an essential role in our four business lines’ successful worldwide deployment of our strategy centered on health.”

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