Dannon announces new CEO
After nearly five years of service as president and CEO of the Dannon Co. and vice president of dairy in North America, Dalto has decided to pursue a career in international strategic consulting, based in his home country of
Valle started his career within Danone in
As president and CEO of the Dannon Co., Valle will report to Dirk Van de Put, executive vice president of Danone Americas Region. “I thank Juan Carlos for his passion, leadership and professionalism during his 12 year career at Danone, in
“I also want to congratulate Gustavo on the great success he had leading Danone Brazil and I have tremendous confidence in him to continue to make The Dannon Company successful in the single largest market in the world.”
During the month of April, Valle and Dalto will work together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
As is customary with Groupe Danone to maximize the sharing of knowledge and experience and to provide employees with the best career opportunities, CEOs of country business units do move approximately every three to five years. Recently, Dalto expressed his interest to pursue an entrepreneurial career in international consultancy services on strategy and leadership, which will also allow him to follow his family’s desire to relocate back to their home country after nine years abroad.
In addition to bringing two of Groupe Danone’s biggest blockbuster brands to
“My passion for this business is as strong today as it was when I joined this company,” Dalto said. “We have the right people, the right infrastructure and the best brands with which to succeed. I have tremendous confidence in my successor’s ability to continue to lead this organization of talented and devoted people.”
The Dannon Co. is
Dannon is a subsidiary of Groupe Danone, one of the world’s leading producers of packaged foods and beverages. Groupe Danone’s mission is to bring health through tasty, nutritious and affordable food and beverage products to as many people as possible. Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone.
With a strong commitment to high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products, the Dannon Co. is committed to encouraging healthy eating and healthy living. Groupe Danone is a recognized leader for its contributions to nutrition and health and was ranked best in class in a 2008 JPMorgan & Insight Investment study about the response of the world’s largest food companies to obesity and health-related concerns.
This commitment is also illustrated through Dannon’s support of the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health. For more information, visit www.dannon.com.