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Vice President Product Integrity, Royal Ahold, The Netherlands
Hugo Byrnes joined Ahold in 2006 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Vice President Product Integrity. He is responsible for Ahold’s food and non-food product policies, which cover product safety and responsible products. This includes social compliance, animal welfare and environmental issues.
Hugo Byrnes has a Dutch Law degree from the State University Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a food lawyer whose career has focused on the food business and in particular on quality management and standardization. He started as a lawyer for the Dutch Dairy Commodity Board, responsible for the implementation of EU law and producing legislation on quality requirements. He then was Deputy Director for the Dutch Organization for Packaging and the Environment, an industry organization, involved with producing the Dutch Packaging Covenant.
As Manager of Public Affairs Manager for Heineken, he was responsible for Heineken’s alcohol policy and environmental issues. He then held the position as Regulatory Affairs Manager for Iams Pet Food (Procter & Gamble), overseeing legal and public affairs issues for its European organization. From 2000 onwards he was the Director of The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Hugo Byrnes is chairman of the Soy Working Group as part of the Sustainability Steering Committee of The Consumer Goods Forum