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Our Company

Since 1942 we’ve been committed to providing wholesome products to the greatest number of people.

Our Company


Since the first day we began making yogurt in 1942, we have been constantly striving to perfect our craft to bring you the best yogurt that tastes great and enriches your well-being. Dannon makes a diverse and comprehensive range of approximately 200 types, styles and flavors of fresh and frozen dairy products to satisfy the evolving needs and desires of our consumers. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon makes yogurt at plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, West Jordan, UT and Portland, OR.

Established in the US in 1942, Dannon is a subsidiary of Danone, the leading global food and beverage company focused exclusively on better-for-you foods. For almost 75 years, Dannon has been exceeding consumer expectations through its commitment to delivering high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products in the dairy category.

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  • We make more than 10 million servings of our delicious yogurts and smoothies every day to bring a smile to your face.
  • We make the broadest variety of yogurts
    and other cultured dairy foods to please our customers.
  • Dannon was founded in 1942 in NYC by Daniel Carasso, who came to the USA from France to escape the threats of World War II.


Dannon is a company of passionate people, energized by a mission that brings value to our work every day. In every aspect of the business, it’s easy to feel good about what you do at Dannon when you know the end product is providing a health benefit to our consumers. At Dannon, we are committed to a core set of values and attitudes that are:

  • COMMITTED to an ambitious future and exploring new opportunities
  • OPEN to learning and sharing and to ideas that once seemed impossible
  • DOERS who deliver results quickly through
  • EMPOWERING and developing people to take risks to take us further


Danone is the parent company of The Dannon Company, Inc. Danone has taken strategic steps to achieve a global presence and to focus on four areas of business with high potential built on health and vitality: dairy products, bottled water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition.

Danone and The Dannon Company are committed to being socially responsible companies and good corporate citizens. Danone is a recognized leader for its contributions to nutrition and health and was ranked best in class in a 2012 global Access to Nutrition Index for providing products that address both the problems of obesity and poor nutrition.

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President and CEO

Mariano Lozano was appointed President and CEO of The Dannon Company, Inc. in January 2014. From March 2009 to December 2013, Mariano Lozano was General Manager of DANONE Brazil.

He started his career in various sales functions at Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes, leader of the Argentinean beer market, and was then appointed Sales Director of Pillsbury Argentina.

He joined GROUPE DANONE in March, 2000 as General Manager of Logistica La Serenisima S.A., company in charge of sales and distribution for DANONE and La Serenisima products in Argentina.

From 2004 to 2006 he was General Manager of DANONE Slovakia and from January 2006 to May 2009 General Manager of DANONE Clover (Pty) in South Africa.

Mariano is an Argentinean citizen and holds an Industrial Engineer Diploma from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

The Dannon Company, Inc.

Antoine Remy is the Vice President Food Service for The Dannon Company and Business Development Danone Dairy North America. Antoine is responsible for successfully delivering long-term sustainable and profitable growth in our US Food Service division, as well as nurturing business development opportunities for Danone Dairy North America.

Antoine joined Danone in 1996 in the International Treasury Department. He moved to Danone Spain in 1999, where he held several roles within the finance department, culminating to his role as Director, Business Planning & Analysis. He joined the Dannon US team in August, 2004, where he continued to develop and advance in his finance career, becoming Dannon CFO in early 2008. His most recent role was VP Finance, Danone Dairy North America.

Antoine holds a business degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de REIMS.

Antoine's family is his passion. He also enjoys traveling and all kinds of sports, soccer being his preference.

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Vice President of Human Resources

Tony Cicio is the Vice President of Human Resources for The Dannon Company, Inc., as well as a member of the Dannon Board of Directors. Tony is responsible for managing the business alignment and performance of human resources, recruitment, total compensation and benefits, talent development and internal communications across the organization.

Tony joined Groupe Danone in 1995 as the Controller for Lea & Perrins, Inc and was promoted to VP Finance. In 2001, he became VP Finance of HP Foods responsible for their global finance and IS teams. In 2004, he served as the VP Finance for Evian North America. In January 2005, he was made CFO of The Dannon Company and VP Finance, Dairy North America. In 2008, Tony was named Vice President of Human Resources for The Dannon Company.

Prior to joining Groupe Danone, Tony held a variety of positions in the international division of American Cyanamid Company. His career started at Deloitte & Touche.

Tony graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and minor in Business Administration. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Tony enjoys hiking and skiing.

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Vice President Legal Affairs & General Counsel

Nancy Dowling is General Counsel of The Dannon Company Inc. She joined Dannon in March 2006. Ms. Dowling graduated with honors from the University of Chicago (A.B.) and the University of Florida School of Law (J.D.).

Ms. Dowling has been managing risk and providing guidance to consumer goods companies as in-house counsel for over twenty years including at Procter & Gamble, Sears and World Kitchen.

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YoCrunch General Manager
CMO The Dannon Company, Inc.

Sergio Fuster Merino is the YoCrunch General Manager and CMO for The Dannon Company, Inc. Sergio is responsible for leading the marketing team and developing the strategic direction for Dannon. He oversees new product development, marketing, and advertising for all Dannon fresh dairy brands.

Prior to joining Dannon in June 2011, Sergio was the Vice President of Marketing for Danone Mexico. Prior to that role, Sergio was the Senior Marketing Director at Dannon US, responsible for leading the Proactive health brands on Activia and DanActive. Sergio also worked for P&G and Kraft. He has an international background and worked in Spain the UK, Switzerland, Mexico and the United States. He has been with Danone for over five years.

Sergio has a masters degree in marketing and commercial management and he is also a telecommunications engineer.

Sergio enjoys spending time with family, reading, dogs and living and working in different cultural environments. He currently resides in Connecticut with his family.

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Vice President of Corporate Affairs North America

Philippe Caradec is the Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Philippe is responsible for all legislative, regulatory, public relations and corporate social responsibility activities in the United States for The Dannon Company, Inc. For Danone Inc. (Canada), Philippe is responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs.

Philippe joined Group Danone in April 1992 as the Manager for Regulatory Affairs of Evian Waters of France in Greenwich, CT. In 1998, he joined The Dannon Company, Inc. as Vice President Regulatory Affairs responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs. In June 2005, he became Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.

Prior to joining Group Danone, Philippe was a consultant in Washington, D.C. His career started as assistant agricultural attaché at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

Philippe graduated from Purdue University, Indiana, with a Master of Science in Food Science. He also has a graduate degree from the National Superior School of Agronomy of Rennes, France.

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Vice President Research & Development North America

Stewart Townsend is the Vice President of Research & Development for North America.

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Senior Vice President Sales

Luciano Lopez-May is the Senior Vice President Sales for The Dannon Company, Inc., as well as a member of the Dannon Executive Committee Team. Lucho is responsible for leading Sales strategy and resource allocation, including the strengthening of customer partnerships and the development of new business opportunities.

Lucho joined Dannon in April 2004 as a Sales Director responsible for the Global WalMart/Sam's account in Bentonville, Arkansas covering Danone's dairy, beverage and food businesses. Under his leadership, the WalMart/Sam's International Division was awarded Groupe Danone's "Best Supplier of the Year" award in 2004. In September 2006, he relocated to Ft. Worth, TX where he led our Hispanic market development efforts across the United States, as well as the development of our business in Panama and the Caribbean. In April 2009 he was appointed to the position of Sr. Director, Sales Strategy and Planning and relocated to our White Plains Headquarter office.

Lucho began his career with The Clorox Company where he held progressively responsible positions within their commercial business over his 8 year tenure, including assignments in his home country of Argentina, Brazil, the Latin America region and the United States.

Lucho holds a degree in International Trading from the school of Economics at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE).

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing and running triathlons.

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Vice President Operations

Fernando Lafuente is the Vice President of Operations