Bernard Hours was designated by Essilor.
He held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Danone from January 2008 to September 2014 and Vice President of the Board of Directors from April 2011 to October 2014.
He had joined Danone in 1985 initially in sales and marketing for Evian and Kronenbourg then as Marketing Director for Danone France in 1990. He was subsequently Chief Executive Officer of Danone Hungary (1994), then of Danone Germany (1996) and lastly Chief Executive Officer of LU France in 1998. In 2001, he joined the Fresh Dairy Products Division as Chief Executive Officer, Business Development and became Vice-Chairman in 2002.