The Son Also Rises At Danone
After earning an engineering degree in Switzerland, Franck Riboud succumbed to a driving passion: to lead the vagabond life of a professional windsurfer. Wisely, his father, Antoine, didn't complain when young Riboud set off for California. Not long afterward, however, Franck got bored and came home to Paris, where he took a trainee job at BSN, the giant French food company then run by his father. Now--15 years later--the son is succeeding the father as chairman of Groupe Danone, as BSN is now called.
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