World Economic Forum Appoints Two New Members to its Board of Trustees
World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum Appoints Two New Members to its Board of Trustees

November 19, 2019
  • Muriel Pénicaud and Mark Schneider join the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees
  • The Board of Trustees serves as the guardian of the World Economic Forum’s mission and values
  • For more information on the World Economic Forum, see www.weforum.org

Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labour of France; and Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé, Switzerland, will join the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. Both have a track record of thought leadership and long-term success in their field, which will contribute to strengthening the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation.

Muriel Pénicaud has been Minister of Labour in the Édouard Philippe government under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron since May 2017. Previously, She led Invest in France Agency (IFA), and the French Agency for International Business Development (UBIFRANCE), which merged in 2015 to form Business France. There, she served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2017. Prior to that, she held senior management positions, including General Manager of Human Resources at Danone Group (2008-2014) and Assistant General Manager of Dassault Systèmes (2002-2008). Since 2014, Pénicaud has been France’s Ambassador for International Investment. She has served on several boards, including Orange, SNCF and Aéroports de Paris. Pénicaud is a recipient of the French Legion of Honour and National Order of Merit. She holds degrees in History, Educational Sciences and Clinical Psychology, and is an Executive Alumna of INSEAD Business School.

Mark Schneider has served as Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé since January 2017. Before joining Nestlé, Schneider was Chief Executive Officer of the Fresenius Group, a position he held from 2003 to 2016. He joined Fresenius in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer of Fresenius Medical Care. Previously, he held several senior executive positions with the Haniel Group, a privately-held, diversified German multinational company. Schneider has a graduate degree in Finance and Accounting and a doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He also holds an MBA from Harvard University.

“The World Economic Forum, as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, is delighted to welcome Muriel Pénicaud and Mark Schneider to its Board of Trustees. We look forward to working together to deliver positive, transformative solutions to our most critical global, regional and industry challenges,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

As of 15 November 2019, the Members of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum are:

Klaus SCHWAB* Chairman of the Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
Peter BRABECK-LETMATHE* Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
Mukesh AMBANI Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
Marc BENIOFF Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA
Mark CARNEY Governor of the Bank of England
Laurence D. FINK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
Chrystia FREELAND Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
Orit GADIESH** Chairman, Bain & Company, USA
Fabiola GIANOTTI Director-General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
Al GORE Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001); Chairman and Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management, USA
Herman GREF Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank, Russian Federation
Angel GURRÍA Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
André HOFFMANN Non-Executive Vice-Chairman, Roche Holding Ltd., Switzerland
Christine LAGARDE President, European Central Bank (ECB), Frankfurt
Jack MA Alibaba Board of Directors, Alibaba Group, People’s Republic of China
Yo-Yo MA Cellist
Peter MAURER President, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland
Luis MORENO** President, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC
Muriel PÉNICAUD Minister of Labour of France
H.M. Queen Rania AL ABDULLAH of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
L. Rafael REIF President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
David M. RUBENSTEIN Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, Carlyle Group, USA
Mark SCHNEIDER Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé SA, Switzerland
Tharman SHANMUGARATNAM Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies of Singapore
Jim Hagemann SNABE Chairman, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG, Germany; Chairman, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Denmark
Feike SYBESMA Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM, Netherlands
Heizo TAKENAKA** Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy of Japan (2002-2006)
Min ZHU* President, National Institute of Financial Research, People’s Republic of China; Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC (2011-2016)

*Member of the Governing Board
**Member of the Audit & Risk Committee

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