Isabelle Esser (1963) was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Executive Committe effective February 1, 2019.
Before joining Barry Callebaut, Isabelle Esser worked for Unilever as Executive Vice President R&D Foods Transformation in the Global Foods & Refreshment Division, leading the creation of a new global Foods Innovation Center at the campus of Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the transformation of Foods R&D into a more open and agile innovation engine.
Isabelle Esser started her career in the UK as a Scientist at Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight Laboratory, UK, after which she served in various positions within Research & Development, in the Deodorant Innovation Center before moving on as Development Director in the European Hair Innovation Center and being promoted to member of the Global Category Leadership Team in 2004. In 2005, she was appointed Vice President R&D for Fabric Cleaning in the Global Fabric Cleaning Innovation Center. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Vice President R&D for Deodorant and was also a member of the Global Diversity Board chaired by the CEO. From 2010 to 2011, she held the role of Vice President R&D Europe, CEE and Russia, responsible for all R&D centers and facilities located in 16 countries in that region, across Unilever’s Foods and Home & Personal Care businesses. From 2011, Isabelle Esser served first as Vice President R&D Savoury and then as Executive Vice President R&D Foods in the Global Foods Division
Isabelle Esser holds a degree as ‘Ingénieur Civil en Sciences des Matériaux, Orientation Physique’ from Louvain-La-Neuve University in Belgium and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK.