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We’re guessing most of you know by now that Ben & Jerry’s is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, but we’re betting you’ve never met our independent Board of Directors…
We’re guessing most of you know by now that Ben & Jerry’s is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, but we’re betting you’ve never met our independent Board of Directors…
It's not a governing body in the conventional sense, but a (very!) independent B.O.D. that's empowered to protect and defend Ben & Jerry's brand equity and integrity. Get to know the Board of Directors!
Anuradha Mittal, currently serving as the Chair of the Independent Board of Ben & Jerrys, has been with the company since 2007. Founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, Anuradha is an internationally renowned expert on human rights, agriculture, development, and conservation policies issues. She also serves on the board of the Environmental Defender Law Center and the Blue Planet Project.
Under Anuradha's leadership, the Oakland Institute has unveiled land investment deals in the developing world to expose a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability. The dynamic relationship between research, advocacy, and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organising in the US and abroad.
Anuradha has authored and edited numerous books and reports. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Houston Chronicle, and the Nation. Anuradha Often testifies before the US Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses including invitational events from governments and universities, and is frequently interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio.
Recipient of several awards including the 2022 Feyerabend Award, 2022 All in for Justice Award, Endow the Future Award from Responsible Endowments Coalition, Anuradha was named the Most Valuable Thinker by the Nation magazine.
Anuradha is a fan of every Ben & Jerry’s flavour and her all time favourite is Cherry Garcia!
Chivy Sok, Executive Director of the Tikva Grasssroots Empowerment Fund, is a long-time human rights educator, researcher, and trainer. Her work at Tikva Grassroots includes a diverse set of portfolios, including environmental justice, community-centered conservation, human rights, corporate accountability, and sustainable agriculture. The Fund supports organisations in different parts of the world to advance justice and sustainability.
Chivy has worked on a number of human rights projects with different organisations during the last 30 years including the Steering Committee of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA and co-founding the Devata Giving Circle, the first Cambodian American women philanthropic circle in the US. She is the former Program Director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights and former Deputy Director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights.
Chivy completed her B.A. in Political Science at UC Santa Barbara where she received the University Award of Distinction upon graduation and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Her lifetime of passion for human rights work is deeply connected to her late mother Sayonn and their survivorship of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Like all other Cambodians during that period, she and her family lived through one of the most heinous atrocities inflicted upon an entire country. After surviving this period, her mother risked the long journey by foot toward Thailand where refugee camps were being set up by the United Nations. There, they found refuge and eventually made their way to the Bay Area as refugees and new Americans. This childhood resulted in her fierce dedication to social justice and her commitment to living life with joy and gratitude. Her mother’s boldness and courage not only gave her strength to survive but to thrive as a young woman in her newly adopted country. She is now raising two fierce young feminists of her own with her husband.
When not working on issues of justice, Chivy can be found on the sidelines cheering for her two daughters who are fierce competitive volleyball players. When not at volleyball tournaments, you can find her nurturing her succulents, fruit trees, and vegetables with agroecological practices. She loves Latin music and dance and dabbles in martial arts (she holds a black belt in taekwondo).
Currently Chief HR Officer Beauty & Wellbeing Business Group, based in the US since July 2022.
Previously, Global Head of Reward for Unilever since April 2020, based in the UK and before that, Global Vice President of Human Resources for Foods & Refreshments Division since January 2018, based in the Netherlands. I began my career for Unilever in Greece, where I come from, as Total Quality Manager, in 1999.
In 2000, I moved to the Marketing Department, initially as Brand Manager of Knorr Products and then became the Group Brand Manager of all brands under the Spreads, Olive Oil and Dressings categories. I moved to the Customer Development Department in 2005 as Trade Marketing Manager for the company’s Foods Portfolio. I returned to Marketing in 2007 and took over the Marketing Director position for all Foods and Beverages brands, overlooking also the company’s Media department. I took over the position of HR and Communications Director for Greece in September 2011.
I first moved out of Greece to Italy in October 2012, as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications for Italy, Greece and Portugal, based in Rome. I then took over the role of Global HR Vice President Refreshment in July 2016, moving to London. As part of my marketing career, I have been awarded with the fastest Brand Growth award in 2005. I am a member of the Board of Greek Female Managers and Entrepreneurs Governing Committee and mentor 20 young female talents.
I am currently also the Unilever representative in the Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board. I studied Business Administration at the University of Piraeus in Greece and hold an MBA and an MPhil in Total Quality Management from Aarhus School of Business in Denmark.
I studied Acting in parallel with my University Business Studies and I always enjoy a good play, a film or a music performance. I love arts and try to visit as many art exhibitions as I can. I also have a passion for history and love reading biographies. A good laugh makes my day and travelling with my family is one of the things I enjoy the most. I am married to Konstantinos, we have been together for 30 years now and we have two teenage daughters, Nefeli and Natalia, that keep us alert, trying to stay cool.
Managing Director, Illumen Capital
Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalised groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.
Daryn is the Founder and Managing Director of Illumen Capital, an impact fund of funds that seeks to increase gender and racial equity within the financial markets. Illumen Capital invests in the top growth, private equity and venture impact funds, and then provides coaching and tools to fund managers designed to reduce implicit bias. Daryn previously led the Special Equities Program as a consultant to the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $15 billion pioneer of the impact investing field. Through this vehicle, Calvert maintains a portfolio of more than 40 funds on five continents, representing over 350 underlying portfolio companies. Prior to serving as a consultant to Calvert, Daryn served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest over 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina.
Daryn is the co-author of published research that examines the influence of race in financial judgements of asset allocators, and currently serves on the board CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council, New Venture Fund, and is an investment committee member of Impact Assets. He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he served on the Dean’s Management Board, and his A.B. from Duke University.
Dave Stever, Ben & Jerry’s CEO, is a 34-year veteran who has seen it all in his career. Dave started as a tour guide in 1988 and most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer over the past 12 years. It is the first time since cofounder Ben Cohen stepped down as CEO in 1994 that a staff member has been promoted from within to the CEO position.
Dave has been instrumental in building Ben & Jerry’s brand and impact as one of the leading mission-led businesses in the world. His work embodies the values, super-premium quality products and innovative business practices that have became synonymous with Ben & Jerry’s. Stever plays a paramount and integral role as “the best choice to write the next chapter in Ben & Jerry’s remarkable story,” says Ben & Jerry’s Board Chair, Anuradha Mittal.
In his three plus decades, Dave established himself as a world-class marketer with strong customer and consumer focus. He has led strategic and tactical marketing that nurtures and drives Ben & Jerry’s three-part mission in 35 countries. Through his tenure with Ben & Jerry’s, Dave has been involved in numerous campaigns and initiatives ranging from commitments to use Fair Trade ingredients, fight climate change, label GMOs, support LGBTQ+ rights, and integrate the company’s current racial justice focus supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and more. Dave has been a leading force behind winning partnerships with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Colin Kaepernick, Ava Duvernay, and Saturday Night Live, creating unique flavors, promotions, and partnerships. His leadership on innovation, activation, and activism has guided the business to reach over €1 billion in sales in 2021. His favorite flavor is Chunky Monkey.
Detavio Samuels serves as CEO of REVOLT, America’s fastest growing Black-owned media company.
Detavio sits at the intersection of culture and content and is one of corporate America's youngest and most accomplished senior executives. With his unique background as a millennial with over a decade of executive experience, he has helped a decorated roster of top global companies like Walmart, McDonalds, AT&T, Chrysler, the NBA and Johnson & Johnson build impactful brands with deeper connections to their consumers.
In March 2021, Detavio was appointed CEO of REVOLT, the nation's leading creator and distributor of Hip Hop and Black culture content founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Under his leadership, REVOLT aspires to shift the narrative around Black people globally by building the world’s largest and most powerful ecosystem for Black storytelling.
Tasked with managing a growing bi-coastal team and spearheading the daily operations of the company, Samuels is focused on rapid growth and digital expansion to further position REVOLT as the preeminent driver of global culture. Samuels is dedicated to helping Millennials and Gen-Z better understand the shifting world and ignite change by using Hip-Hop as a lens to explore the Black experience globally.
Samuels has been recognised for his work as a marketing executive, receiving several honors including being named TV Executive of the Year by Digiday, one of the top 100 Content Leaders by CableFax, and a Trailblazer in Media by 100 Black Men of NY. In addition to his notable work within creative industries, Samuels is also an Amazon best-selling author.
Samuels received his B.A. from Duke University, along with an MBA and Master's degree from Stanford University all by the age of 25. Samuels remains poised to redesign the modern media landscape and empower creators by building innovative platforms aimed at advancing Black culture.
Favorite Ben & Jerry's Flavour: Phish Food & Change the Whirled
Music: Afro-Pop; Brazilian Samba; Ol’ School Hip Hop & anything Motown
Book/Movie: Art of War (Sun Tzu); The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) and Entire Marvel Universe Movie Collection (The Avengers; Black Panther; Iron Man, Spiderman; all the superheroes!)
Quotes: “It always seems impossible until it is done. ” Nelson Mandela “To create David, I removed all that wasn’t David from the statue.” Michelangelo
NPO or Social/Environmental Cause: I spent my childhood living in several countries as part of a military family. Travel was a broadening and life-shaping experience. My parents continually encouraged me to become a global citizen --- embracing the diversity of people and cultures while seeking common ground. I knew that I was destined to spend my life working for peace, justice and equity. As an organiser, I received a rich education from an amazing set of people committed to securing basic human rights for everyone: community activists in Mississippi fighting for equal access to voting; migrant and seasonal farmworkers in North Carolina demanding clean drinking water in the fields; homeless women and their families in Philadelphia redeveloping abandoned buildings into affordable housing; enterprising teenagers in the South Bronx running their own farmers’ markets. Over the past four decades, I have worked as a justice and equity co-conspirator with people who are marginalised socially, economically and politically. I am fortunate to live my passion as a strategist/coach to organisations, communities, businesses and leaders advancing progressive policies in the areas of racial equity, civil rights, affordable housing, accessible health care, quality education and community economic development.
A little background... How long have I been on the BOD: Since 1996
My History with Ben & Jerry’s: I met Ben, Jerry and Jeff at the beginning of the One Percent for Peace Campaign. I had been working for years with Jobs for Peace to achieve a 25% transfer of military dollars to much-needed domestic spending on education, jobs, health and housing. The two efforts were naturally aligned. Soon after working as a volunteer on the One Percent for Peace Campaign, I was asked to help think through the organisation of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. With advice from progressive activists and organisers from around the country, the Foundation established the employees as the decision-makers for grant making. After several years of working with the company on a number of projects, I was thrilled to be nominated and voted onto the Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors.
Why am I passionate about Ben & Jerry's?: Ben & Jerry’s is the ultimate unicorn. Who else could have possibly envisioned a business being the ideal vehicle to advance social justice?!? The company’s three-part mission boldly states that business can and must operate in a way that is simultaneously ethical, sustainable and profitable. And it actually works! I believe that the company’s best ideas, practices, policies and victories are ahead. I am confident Ben & Jerry's will continue to evolve, re-invent and challenge itself in order to ultimately realize the vision of a just and caring world. What unique capabilities do I bring to Ben & Jerry's and the BOD?: I have more than 40 years of experience in the fields of community economic development, urban and rural public policy advocacy, organisational development and social enterprises. These skills have been called upon as the company has 1) developed ways to partner with nonprofit organisations; 2) considered the community-wide implications of major business decisions; 3) reviewed marketing campaigns that relayed a strong position on issues like Fair Trade; and 4) requested support and encouragement to the CEO and senior staff in their visioning and planning.
I have worked with stakeholders, including businesses, to create shared wealth and prosperity both inside businesses and within the larger community. This includes specific skills in strategic planning; organisational development; leadership development; team building; social, political and economic justice advocacy; and collaboration. Combining my background in journalism and politics, I have identified and connected community-based and national nonprofits to the company's activism campaigns and values-led efforts. Several of these relationships have resulted in strategic partnerships with the company.
As a board member, I have used this combination of skills to support the design of strategies that amplify the company's social movements for equity, justice and fairness. Through my work on the board, I have modeled the power of storytelling as a strategy to engage diverse constituencies of our fans. Storytelling is now recognised as a uniquely Ben & Jerry’s way to convey powerful messages, amplify marginalized voices and increase mutual understanding.