Diversey will host upcoming LEAD Network CEO Roundtable, to be held as a physical event for the first time in two years; forum will discuss challenges and rewards of promoting more women to leadership positions, companies' efforts to reach gender parity

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September 12, 2022 (press release) –

The LEAD Network CEO Roundtable has become a unique forum for senior executives within the retail and FMCG industries to speak openly about the challenges and rewards of promoting more women to leadership positions. In this forum, CEOs talk candidly about their companies’ efforts to reach gender parity. This initiative is part of LEAD’s continuing commitment to sharing best practices among industry leaders. 


This year, the CEOs round table will be a physical event, for the first time in 2 years. Around 42 CEOs and regional presidents from the industry will be having an active dialogue and exchange of best practices on how to foster an inclusive company culture at the LEAD Network Conference in Paris on the 13th of October.


The theme for this year is “Doing not Trying: Lead through Inclusion.” It’s about the firm belief that every individual must play an active role in driving change, and every action counts. Whether you are a business leader trying to create a more inclusive organization, a D&I professional seeking to learn from their peers, or a leader looking for ways to grow, this event will provide inspiration, ideas, and connections to do so.

“I’m deeply honored to be hosting this exceptional CEO Roundtable event and be amongst executive leaders who nurture an inclusive mindset. Communicating frequently, listening more, showing genuine concern for our employees’ well-being, and reinforcing trust by being transparent about decision making is vital. In these uncertain times, I believe, more than ever, an inclusive leadership style is essential.”
Sinéad Kwant - President, Europe & Executive Committee Member, Diversey.

CEO Roundtable – 13th of October, 15h CET. LEAD Network Conference Paris. 



Bio Sinéad Kwant:

Sinéad joined Diversey in 2020 and is currently President Europe, Professional Business. Prior to joining Diversey, Sinéad spent more than 12 years at Royal Philips, largely in the Personal Health Division, amongst others as Global General Manager for businesses such as Philips Oral Healthcare & Non-Executive Director for Oral Eye. Her career has spanned from sales, and marketing to general management with a passion for people engagement, coaching and business transformation. Sinéad is a champion for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, caring deeply about the multifold benefits it can unlock for communities, teams and businesses. 



Background to the CEO Roundtable 

The CEO Roundtable was started by Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize, in 2017. Since then, it has become a unique forum for senior executives within the European consumer packaged goods and retail industry, bringing together retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and service providers. The aim is to build a dynamic community of CEOs and regional presidents who are not only committed to making diversity and inclusion a strategic priority at every level of their organization but who want to steer the whole industry towards gender equality.  


About LEAD Network 

LEAD Network is a non-profit and volunteer-led organization whose mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail sector in Europe through education, leadership and business development. LEAD Network has a fast-growing membership of more than 16,000 people – both women and men – drawn from 81 countries. Members have the opportunity to build their leadership skills, to widen their circle of contacts, and to be inspired by female role models and male champions in the industry. To date, 65 companies have signed LEAD Network’s CEO Pledge on gender diversity.  


About Diversey

Diversey’s mission is to protect and care for people through leading hygiene, infection prevention, and cleaning solutions. We develop and deliver innovative products, services, and technologies that save lives and protect our environment. Over the course of 95 years, the Diversey brand has become synonymous with product quality, service, and innovation.  

Our fully-integrated suite of solutions combines patented chemicals, dosing and dispensing equipment, cleaning machines, services, and digital analysis. We are a trusted partner; serving more than 85,000 customers in over 80 countries with a network of approximately 8,600 employees globally.


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