The newly formed nutrition, health and beauty giant has announced the appointment of Katharina Stenholm as Chief Sustainability Officer starting July 1, 2023. In this role, she will shape a new, consolidated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy for the company that builds on the strengths of both DSM and Firmenich’s previous plans and actions.

"We are excited to welcome Katharina as our new Chief Sustainability Officer. She is widely recognized as an exceptional leader and innovator in the field of ESG and her extensive experience and expertise will be invaluable in helping us achieve our purpose. With her guidance and leadership, we are confident that we will create positive impact for people and planet, while building sustainable business growth," commented Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEOs of dsm-firmenich.

Among others, the company plans to set new ambitious and measurable targets and to rapidly achieve them.

Katharina Stenholm is joining dsm-firmenich from PepsiCo where she led the European Sustainability function. Before, she held various positions at Danone, including SVP Strategic Projects, Managing Director of DanTrade, and Global CPO, with Sustainability under her responsibility. She also held various positions at SABMiller, culminating in the role of global CPO, and was CEO for a food ingredients company in the Nordics with global sales.

Katharina holds a PhD in Biotechnology from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland.