This award is intended to honor the highest level of achievement in Strategic Management by a business leader. It is not an annual award; it is only given when an appropriate honoree is available. The honoree receives a suitable plaque and has the “citation of accomplishment” published in the Strategic Management Journal. In addition the honoree is invited to give a lecture at the SMS Annual International Conference, which is subsequently published in the Strategic Management Journal.
The SMS Lifetime Achievement Award Committee is composed of the Executive Committee of the SMS Board of Directors.
Emmanuel Faber is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone SA. Emmanuel began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company before working as an investment banker at Baring Brothers. He joined Legris Industries and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1996. Emmanuel joined Danone in 1997 to head the Finance, Strategies and Information Systems department, and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008 he became Deputy General Manager of Danone, and in 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. He became Chief Executive Officer of Danone in October 2014. Since December 1, 2017, he is Danone’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Emmanuel Faber is very engaged in the development of new, more inclusive business models. In 2005, he supervised the first social enterprise trials in Bangladesh with Grameen Bank, as well as the creation of Danone Communities, in close collaboration with Mohammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. With Martin Hirsch, Emmanuel Faber is also the founder and co-chairman of Action-Tank Entreprise et Pauvreté, an organization created in 2010 at the initiative of the HEC Paris Chair “Social Business - Enterprise and Poverty”. This organization brings businesses, community organizations and academia together around a shared objective: contribute to reducing poverty and exclusion in France by developing innovative economic models. At the request of the Deputy Minister of Development, he drafted a report with Jay Naidoo in 2013 titled: “Innover par la mobilisation des acteurs : 10 propositions pour une nouvelle approche de l’aide au développement” (Innovate by mobilizing stakeholders: 10 proposals for a new approach to development aid).
The SMS will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Emmanuel Faber at the 38th Annual SMS Conference in Paris during the Conference Opening | Lifetime Achievement Award held on Sunday, September 23rd.