PwC has appointed Sabine Durand-Hayes (PwC France and Maghreb) as the Consumer Markets Global Leader. Sabine brings more than 25 years of experience assisting private equity and corporate clients with analysis and structuring of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. During her career with PwC, she has advised various multinational agri-food, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), luxury and retail companies on strategic and operational issues, from portfolio management to carve out and integration.
In her new role, Sabine will lead the Global Consumer Markets Industries team, which advises a large network of clients from various industries, including retail, consumer, hospitality and leisure, as well as transport, logistics and packaging, on a range of key areas. In particular, she will focus on optimised omnichannel models; effective supply chain management and organisation, from strategy to execution – enabled by digital, data analytics and new ways of working, including environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), risk and assurance, tax and legal aspects as part of the solution. She will also continue her role as the Global Relationship Partner for one of the world’s largest global food retail companies.
“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role in leading our Global Consumer Markets Industries practice,” says Sabine. “The ongoing transformation of the Consumer Markets industries in a context of fast-changing consumer preferences, and accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, serves as a reminder of how our PwC purpose – to build trust in society and to solve important problems – guides our work with clients and stakeholders. By bringing our capabilities together, we have unique opportunities to connect with all players, from manufacturers and producers, all the way to distribution and consumers, on how to address common challenges. We can provide experience and solutions that make a real impact for our clients and their consumers.”
Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s Global Clients and Industries Leader (PwC UK), says “The opportunities and challenges facing our clients are unparalleled. In collaboration with other industries, our Consumer Markets practice, under Sabine’s leadership, will continue to help organisations repair, rethink and reconfigure their business models to emerge stronger from the crisis.”
Sabine previously was Retail and Consumer Industries leader in France and more recently led Consumer Markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She leads PwC’s Transactions Services Retail & Consumer teams in France. She presently serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of PwC France & Maghreb since 2017, and led the Strategy commission from 2017 to 2020, providing first-hand experience of governance and control in a multinational business.
Sabine trained and worked in PwC UK and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. She earned a Masters from ESC Montpellier Business School.