Royal Ahold CEO Dick Boer and Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke are the new co-chairs of global packaged goods organization the Consumer Goods Forum.
The selection of Boer and Bulcke was announced in conjunction with the CGF’s Global Summit in Tokyo. The pair replace outgoing co-chairs Muhtar Kent of the Coca-Cola Company and Gareth Ackerman of Pick n Pay. Ackerman and Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, were appointed vice co-chairs of the forum.
Boer has been CEO of Ahold since 2011 and his career in retail spans more than 30 years. He was previously a vice co-chair of the forum. Bulcke has been CEO of Nestlé since April 2008 and has spent more than 30 years with the company.
“Ahold has been working with the CGF for many years, and we are honored to now be involved at such a high level,” said Boer. “The CGF is uniquely positioned to drive the vision of the industry and encourage real change. Its ability to bring companies together for the good of our customers makes the work of the CGF both relevant and important.”
“The forum is even more important in these pivotal times of economic and societal changes where our industry plays a substantial role and touches a vast number of people," added Bulcke. "There are many challenges in society today and we have to define priorities to work together in collaboration with the multiple stakeholders in order to bring sustainable solutions.”
The forum was created in June 2009 and is governed by its board of directors, which includes 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs and chairmen.