She joins from Unilever, where she led their US$14bn Nutrition business as group president and will be taking the helm from interim CEO Guy Gecht, who will resume his board responsibilities, which include leading the Technology and Innovation Committee.
Throughout her career, Faber has focused on innovation across a hugely diverse set of portfolios and is a world-class sustainability leader who shares both Logitech’s values and mindset.
“We are delighted to welcome Hanneke as our new chief executive officer,” said Wendy Becker, Logitech’s chairperson of the board. “[She] will continue to drive the innovation Logitech is known for, and advance the company’s unique culture, to unlock Logitech’s full potential for long-term growth and increased value for all our stakeholders. Her passion and strategic vision will lead Logitech into our next chapter.”
Responsibility and strategy: Transforming the business landscape
Hanneke Faber holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Houston, which she attended on a full athletic scholarship.
Since then, she has worked to transform numerous businesses. In her current role, Faber leads Unilever’s full P&L responsibility, strategy, M&A, innovation, marketing, digital and a supply chain of more than 200 factories and contract manufacturers around the world. Nutrition is a very profitable €12bn (US$12.6bn) turnover business, present in more than 150 countries.
Prior to becoming Nutrition President, Hanneke was President of Unilever’s Foods & Refreshment Division. Under Hanneke’s leadership, the Division’s growth accelerated significantly. She worked to reshape the portfolio with the disposal of most of the global Tea business and the acquisition of Horlicks/Boost and The Vegetarian Butcher. Under her leadership, Foods & Refreshment was elected #1 in the World Benchmarking Alliance’s rating of 350 Food and Agriculture brands for responsible and sustainable business.
Faber joined Unilever in January 2018 as President Unilever Europe. She has been a member of Unilever Leadership Executive since that time. Prior to this role, she was a member of the Executive Committee of global retailer Ahold Delhaize and held international leadership roles at Procter & Gamble.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Tapestry Inc. Prior to joining Tapestry in 2021, Hanneke served a five-year term on the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, the life sciences company.
In 2021, Faber was recognised by Fortune Magazine as one of the most influential international women in business, placing #23.
“I am deeply honoured to join Logitech,” said Hanneke Faber. “It’s a well-loved global brand that stands for user-focused design, engineering and innovation with an enviable reputation in sustainability. I cannot think of a more exciting time to be a part of the company's future growth. Emerging technologies expand opportunities across hybrid work, video conferencing, gaming and streaming for Logitech and our users.”
She continued: “I look forward to joining this strong leadership team, partnering with talented employees and engaging with our valued customers around the world to take the company to new heights.”
As CEO, Hanneke will initially be based in Logitech’s headquarters in Switzerland, before relocating to Silicon Valley next year.
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