Gareth Ackerman, chairman of one of Africa’s largest retail chains, Pick n Pay, has been elected as the new co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum.
Ackerman replaces Lars Olofsson, formerly CEO of Carrefour. He will work jointly with the existing co-chair Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, to drive cross industry collaborative action on sustainability, consumer health and wellness and food safety.
In addition, two vice co-chairs have also been elected: Dick Boer, CEO of international retailing group Ahold; and Bob McDonald, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble.
Ackerman said: “We are operating in an increasingly challenging market. An open and collaborative approach by the industry on social, economic and environmental concerns is core to the future of the sector and best serving the consumer.
“On both a professional and personal level, I am passionate about the issue of global food security and sustainable development, in particular supporting those who visit, work or live near out stores. Indeed, Pick n Pay is already co-sponsor of the Knowledge Sharing & People Development pillar at the CGF.
“I am honoured to be working alongside Muhtar Kent to help drive The Forum’s agenda over the next year.”
Jean‐Marc Saubade, managing director of The Consumer Goods Forum, said: “We are delighted Gareth Ackerman has been elected as our new co-chair. With an impressive background in retail and a focus on sustainable growth, he will play a vital role in bringing our member companies’ together to collaborate and implement programmes that address the issues we face. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Lars Olofsson for his contribution to the Forum during the last two years.”