Pepsi poaches Danone’s Katharina Stenholm as new CSO

Pepsi has appointed Katharina Stenholm as its new senior vice president and chief sustainability officer (CSO).

Stenholm joins from Danone where she held a raft of senior positions in procurement and supply chain, she also delivered its nature sustainability agenda across the business and into sourcing strategies.

Before Danone, she held senior positions at AB InBev and Polttimo Group.

In her new position, Stenholm will be reporting to PepsiCo’s CEO Silviu Popovici and will help accelerate the drinks giant’s sustainability goals across all functions of the businesses.

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Commenting on her appointment, Stenholm said: “PepsiCo has long had an aspirational and holistic sustainability agenda. Now with pep+ there is a clear roadmap on how the company can sustainably grow and bring value to the planet and people.

“We’re taking a lot of action internally to deliver on that vision and I will be focusing on how we can embed pep+ into our decision making and partnerships to accelerate our work.”

She added: “Here in Europe, we also have great tailwinds to deliver on our ambitious vision, including the work led by many national governments as well as the European Union Green Deal.

“With collaboration critical to deliver systemic change in areas like the green energy transition and building a circular economy, partnership with NGOs, peer companies, suppliers and customers will be a key focus as we work to drive progress on shared challenges.”

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