Appointed: 1 January 2021
Antoine is CEO of Barry Callebaut, a Swiss listed company, which is the world’s largest supplier of chocolate and coca products with a market capitalisation of £9 billion, revenues of £6 billion and a total of 12,000 employees. He has been Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur in France since 2004 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Barry Callebaut in 2015, Antoine held a number of senior executive positions at Unilever plc including President of Unilever Foods and member of Unilever’s Group Executive Committee (2011 to 2015), Executive Vice President for Unilever Skin Category and Executive Vice President for Unilever’s Central and Eastern Europe region. From 2009 to 2020, he served as a Non-Executive Director of Essilor International which, prior to its merger with Luxottica Group Spa, was listed on Euronext Paris and included in the CAC 40 index.
Antoine has a wealth of experience in driving business expansion, innovation, leadership and sustainability. During his tenure as CEO of Barry Callebaut Antoine has focused on growth and innovation and has brought the company’s sustainability agenda to the heart of its strategy, setting ambitious targets, to be achieved by 2025, that address the largest sustainability challenges in the chocolate supply chain. Antoine also gained extensive experience of managing leading consumer brands whilst at Unilever such as Hellmann’s, Dove, and Pond’s. This strong understanding of the consumer market and focus on sustainability will make him an invaluable asset to Burberry.