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Distinguished Leaders: Lorna Davis, CEO and Chief Manifesto Catalyst at DanoneWave
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Distinguished Leaders: Lorna Davis, CEO and Chief Manifesto Catalyst at DanoneWave

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Polsinelli
600 Third Avenue
42nd Floor
New York, New York  10016
United States
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Distinguished Leaders: Lorna Davis, CEO and Chief Manifesto Catalyst at DanoneWave

Shared Goals and a Big Manifesto as the secret ingredients at America’s Largest Dairy


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Come hear distinguished leader Lorna Davis speak about leading big audacious change at leading packaged foods companies like Danone and Mondelez International. The DanoneWave CEO describes her role as Chief Manifesto Catalyst for the North American unit of Danone and its recent acquisition of WhiteWave Foods. The combined company is America’s largest dairy company (excluding cheese), and recently also made headlines to become America’s largest Benefit Corporation. Consequently, it will be managed in a way that balances shareholders’ financial interests and the benefits it brings to people, the planet and broader society.

Attendees will be encouraged to raise topics of discussion and ask Ms. Davis questions about leadership, strategy, marketing, organizational change, such as:

How do executives at large public companies encourage transformational ideas, get commitment, and manage their execution?
How do stated aspirations, pledges and even a manifesto help a company, a brand, an employer reach its goals?
How can companies serving diverse stakeholders achieve returns to satisfy shareholders?
How can simple tools and technologies engage employees to shape their teams and brand?

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm (presentation 6:30-7:30; networking opportunities before and after)
Place: Polsinelli, 600 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Cost: $30 for members | $50 for non-members

Lorna Davis Bio
Ms. Davis has been Chief Executive Officer of DanoneWave at Danone since April 12, 2017. She plays a key role in supporting and coordinating the establishment of the Manifesto across Danone's teams and local communities the world over, with a view to maximize the potential of this process to catalyze bottom-up innovation. She joined Danone in 1997 as Managing Director of Griffins Foods in New Zealand and served as its Regional Vice-President of Biscuits for the United Kingdom and Ireland (Jacobs Bakery and Irish Biscuits). She held senior positions in Danone in the UK and New Zealand and also held various positions in consumer goods in Australia and South Africa. Since 2003, she served as Vice-President for Danone's global topline acceleration "Growth Too" project. She was President for Danone Biscuits in China and to the sale of Danone's biscuits division to Kraft Foods (now Mondelez International) in 2007 and served as its President of Kraft China from 2006 to 2011. She was President of North America for Biscuits (Nabisco) at Mondelez since 2013 and also served as its Senior Vice President and Global Biscuits Category Head from 2011 to 2013. She served as a Director of AB Electrolux since March 2010 until April 6, 2016. Ms. Davis holds Bachelor of Social Science and Psychology. President of Biscuits, NA with Mondelez International since 2013.

Presented by Committee chairs David Prince and Yan Yang - we wish to thank Polsinelli for hosting and sponsoring this marquee event.

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