TOKYO — The Consumer Goods Forum on Wednesday said it has elected the chief executive officers of Ahold and Nestle as the new co-chairs of the group.

Dick Boer, CEO of Ahold, and Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé, will succeed outgoing co-chairs Gareth Ackerman of South Africa’s Pick n Pay chain and Muhtar Kent of Coca-Cola Co. In addition, Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Co., and Ackerman have been appointed as vice co-chairs of the CGF, which is based in Paris.

The announcement was made following the meeting of the CGF board of directors here.

Commenting on his election, Boer, who had been vice co-chair said, “Ahold has been working with the CGF for many years, and we are honored to now be involved at such a high level. The CGF is uniquely positioned to drive the vision of the industry and encourage real change. Its ability to bring companies together for the good of our customers makes the work of the CGF both relevant and important.”

Bulcke added, “The Forum is even more important in these pivotal times of economic and societal changes where our industry plays a substantial role and touches a vast number of people. There are many challenges in society today and we have to define priorities to work together in collaboration with the multiple stakeholders in order to bring sustainable solutions."

The CGF was created in June 2009 to provide a global platform for knowledge exchange and initiatives around five strategic priorities – emerging trends; sustainability; safety and health; operational excellence; and knowledge sharing and people development. It describes its vision as: “Better lives through better business.”

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