NEW YORK — Pierre-Olivier Beckers, president and chief executive of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, will give the opening address at a global meeting of food retailers and suppliers here next month.
He joins a virtual Who's Who of food retailing and manufacturing executives from around the world who will convene here for the 53rd World Food Business Summit, a conference to discuss global issues hosted by CIES — The Food Business Forum. This year's version of the event, dubbed “Ingredients for Success in Turbulent Times,” will take place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel here. It will kick off with a local store tour June 16 followed by three days of speakers, panel discussions and business meetings June 17-19.
Other retail speakers will include Gareth Ackerman, chairman of South Africa's Pick n Pay Holdings; Steve Burd, chairman, president and CEO of Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif.; Jeff Noddle, chairman and outgoing CEO of Supervalu, Minneapolis; Simon Susman, CEO of Woolworths of South Africa; Antonio Coto Gutierrez, CEO of Dia, Argentina; Long Chen, chairman of Suguo Supermarket Co., China; Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury in the U.K.; and Lee Scott, former president and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark.
Suppliers include Brenda Barnes, chairman and CEO, Sara Lee Corp.; Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods; William Hickey, president and CEO, Sealer Air Corp.; David Mackay, president and CEO, Kellogg Co.; Jean-Jacques Lebel, president of the consumer products division of L'Oréal S.A.; Marjorie Yang, chairman of the Equel Group (China); and Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo.
Other speakers include David Calhoun, chairman and CEO of The Nielsen Co., and various international authors and industry experts.
Information is available at ciessummit.com.