Barry Callebaut announces changes to its executive committee

By Anthony Myers

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Pic: Barry Callebaut Group

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Barry Callebaut’s board has appointed Masha Vis-Mertens as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Massimo Selmo as Chief Procurement Officer to its executive committee.

Effective 1 October, 2021, Vis-Mertens is currently Vice President Operations & Supply Chain EMEA, and is succeeding Isabelle Esser, who has decided to pursue her career outside the Barry Callebaut Group.

Selmo is currently Head of Global Sourcing and will be the Group’s first ever Chief Procurement Officer in the executive committee.

Dutch national Vis-Mertens joined Barry Callebaut in 2012 as Global Corporate  Account Manager Operations & Supply Chain, assuming the role of Global Corporate Account  Director in 2014, successfully growing Barry Callebaut's global partnerships.

Portrait Picture Masha Vis-Mertens Barry Callebaut Chief Human Resources Officer
Masha Vis-Mertens. Pic: Barry Callebaut

In 2017, she was appointed Vice President Human Resources EMEA, where she focused on talent development and retention by creating a more collaborative culture and a well structured onboarding of new employees.

Before joining Barry Callebaut, she worked at Cargill in a variety of supply chain roles.

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Massimo Selmo. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Selmo is an Italian and Swiss national and has been with Barry Callebaut for 25 years, 23 as Head of Global Sourcing.

In this role, Selmo contributed strongly to the Group’s strategic growth pillar of cost leadership and championed sustainable sourcing in support of  Forever Chocolate, Barry Callebaut’s plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025.

Peter Boone, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, said:  “I want to thank Isabelle for her invaluable contributions to Barry Callebaut’s growth over the past years. Isabelle transformed the HR function into a business partnering powerhouse, successfully building our talent development programme and introducing our #OneBC commitment to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace, all of which will continue to serve the Group in the years to come.

"I warmly welcome Masha and Massimo to the executive committee of Barry Callebaut. Their longstanding and highly successful track record at Barry Callebaut, in combination with their diverse experience, will ensure a smooth transition, as well as continuity in the implementation of our growth strategy combined with fresh insights into its execution.”

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