Danone, a world-renown health-focused food and beverage products, has announced the appointment of Kathy Cavill as the new General Manager for Australia and New Zealand – the first General Manager appointed from within the local business (everyone else being expat).
What does Kathy bring to her new role at Danone?
With more than eleven years of experience at Danone, including Kathy’s most recent role as Marketing Director, positions her perfectly to lead the region forward in the new role of GM.
As a senior female leader and mother of two, Kathy is passionate about Danone’s people policies which has seen Danone be recognised across Australia and New Zealand as a Great Place to Work for the last three years, with paid parental leave of 26 weeks, support for parents going through the IVF and adoption journey, and a new Menopause policy.
Kathy has led award-winning campaigns like the ‘Feed the Real’ initiative, in partnership with Anne Geddes, and the ‘Return Ready’ program, both aimed at supporting Australian parents. Additionally, she has driven product innovation, expanding the YoPRO brand and launching the AptaGrow range for fussy eaters and Aptamil’s innovative Dairy & Plant Blend Toddler Milk.
What does this mean for Danone?
Commenting on her appointment, Kathy Cavill, GM for ANZ, said, “I am honoured to work for a firm that is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace, and one which continues to lead the way with policies that anticipate and adapt to the needs of our people.”
Under Kathy’s leadership, Danone will build on its sustainable achievements, including being the largest certified BCorp in the food and drink sector in ANZ. Kathy succeeded Rodrigo Lima, who was promoted to President and Representative Director of Danone Japan & Korea.