Colgate-Palmolive and METRO Executives Elected New Co-Chairs of The Consumer Goods Forum Board
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), the global body for the consumer goods industry, announced that it has elected two new Co-Chairs for its Board: Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive will chair the Manufacturer College of the Board, while Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO GROUP will chair the Retailer College.
The pair will lead the CGF Board for two years, and replace outgoing Co-Chairs Denise Morrison President and Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Soup Company and Gareth Ackerman, Chairman of Pick n Pay.
In addition, Emmanuel Faber, Chief Executive Officer of Danone and Ömer Özgür Tort, Chief Executive Officer, Migros Group have been appointed as Vice Co-Chairs of the CGF Board.
Today’s announcement was made after the bi-annual Board of Directors meeting, which took place at the 61st Global Summit, in Berlin from the 21st to 23rd June.
Global Learnings Through Local Successes
As members of the CGF continue to face challenges within their own industry, they are also faced with the impact of geopolitics on their operations. Ian Cook and Olaf Koch join at an exciting and challenging time for the industry, bringing their manufacturing and retail expertise to unite members in addressing and responding to both regional and global market needs.
Commenting on his election, Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO GROUP, said: "As the consumer industry continues to face its biggest disruption for decades, the CGF becomes ever more important in these pivotal times. Only through commitment and collaboration can we expect our industry to drive positive change and create long-term sustainable business growth. I am, therefore, delighted to have been elected Co-Chair of the CGF’s Board of Directors and would like thank to my fellow Board members. I look forward to co-leading the ambitious work we have set ourselves and in helping secure the future of our planet, our people and our businesses."
Commenting on his election, Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive, said: "Colgate has been working with The Consumer Goods Forum for many years, and I am delighted to now serve in this leadership role. The Consumer Goods Forum is unique, and I look forward to helping it strengthen collaborative engagement among manufacturers and retailers to help tackle issues such as climate change, forced labour, consumer health, food safety and supply chain inefficiencies"