Just two days after Carlsberg announced the appointment of a new Vice President Corporate Affairs, Heineken also said it looks for a new Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. In a short statement Heineken announced today “that Blanca Juti, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer has decided to leave Heineken on 1 June 2020, to pursue interests outside the company.”
“As a member of the Executive Team during the last four years, Blanca has my genuine appreciation for her contribution to the business,” Jean-Marie van Boxmeer, Heineken’s departing Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO was quoted. “She took the Corporate Affairs function and its three disciplines, communications, public affairs and sustainability to new heights by putting a greater emphasis on digital capabilities and stakeholder engagement. In sustainability, Blanca brought transformational change across the organisation, as she galvanised cross-functional teams to address sustainability as an integral part of doing business. This culminated in the development of a robust and wide-ranging environmental and social sustainability strategy including our 2030 ambition for renewable energy (Drop the C), water (Every Drop) and plastic. She leaves with my gratitude and all best wishes for the future.”
It seems to be merely coincidental that Juti is departing just the same day as Heineken’s new CEO Dolf van den Brink is taking office. Heineken said that Juti’s successor will be announced in due course.