Yves Rey is a French citizen and a graduate of ENSAIA, France and holds MSc degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. He has more than 42 years’ experience in world’s leading food, beverage and packaging companies in 10 different countries. He started his career in 1975 with Heineken in production and then joined Schweppes in 1982, first as Plant Manager and then as Operations Director. In 1991, he was appointed Technical Director of Coca-Cola. In 1994, he was appointed General Manager for Europe of McCain Sunnyland, before moving on in 1999 to become General Manager South Europe of Wipak Flexible Packaging. Yves joined Groupe Danone in 2003. He held the position of Corporate Quality General Manager and then since January 2015 he holds the position of senior advisor to DANONE’s board. Yves has been a longstanding member of the GFSI board (Global food Safety Initiatives) - from 2006 to 2011, as vice-chair from 2008 t0 2011 and as Chair from 2012 to 2014. Yves was on the board of Directors for Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE) and is working closely with CFDA, AQSIQ and CNCA in China on the global harmonization of food safety requirements, with USDA and FDA (USA) regarding food safety standards, with DG-Sanco in Europe on Food Fraud and with CODEX, FAO and OIE on harmonized food safety standards.
Danone is an international company present on all continents. The group holds top positions in healthy food through four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Danone has over 190 production plants and around 104,000 employees. In 2014, the company generated sales of over €21 billion, with more than 60% in emerging countries. Listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, Danone is a component stock of leading social responsibility indexes including the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Vigeo and the Ethibel Sustainability Index. Danone is also ranked n°1 in the 2013 ATNI index.