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Xavier Mesnard

Lead Partner, Strategic Operations Practice, Kearney

Xavier Mesnard advises blue chip companies on business development and performance improvement especially in the agri-food, consumer goods, pharma and process industries. He joined A.T. Kearney in 1996 and has been a partner of the firm since 1998. He was elected to A.T. Kearney’s Board of Directors (2006-12), led the Consumer Goods & Retail Practice in Europe and the global Strategic Operations Practice.

He contributed to numerous research studies including Serving the Bottom of the Pyramid (2006), Setting Standards: a Strategy for Europe (2011 with the European Roundtable), The Mature Consumer (2012), Grow Africa (2014-15) and Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation (2017) and Reshaping Global Value: Technology, Climate, Trade – Global Value Chains under Pressure (2019) in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, and The new meat alternatives (2019). He studies and is a frequent speaker on the concept of Operationalization and is the co-author of the Best Companies know how to balance strategy and purpose (HBR 2017).

His areas of interest and work include Sustainability, Future of agriculture and Industry 4.0. He has also been a teacher in Industrial Strategy at the ESSEC Business School and on the Editorial Board of the “Revue Française de Gestion”. He sits on the supervisory board of ADF / Smart Industrial Solutions and is involved in Educo, a charity aiming at educating underprivileged children in India out of poverty.

Xavier Mesnard received an M.S. in Engineering from the Ecole des Mines (France) and worked as an Artificial Intelligence & Robotics research engineer in the Intelligent Systems Lab of Carnegie-Mellon University (US).

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