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Joanne Denney-Finch

Chief Executive, Institute Grocery Distribution (IGD)

Joanne Denney-Finch works with chief executives, chairmen and presidents of some of the world’s largest food and consumer goods companies.

IGD is a food and grocery research and training not-for-profit organisation. It has more than 1,000 corporate members, including their subsidiaries, spanning more than 40 countries.

Under Joanne’s leadership, IGD’s commercial arm is known for its unparalleled understanding and insight, developed from extensive research on global business issues. This helps companies identify opportunities, improve performance and create a competitive edge.

IGD’s not-for-profit team works with senior industry personnel to be at the forefront of developments in innovation, secure and sustainable supply chains, health, nutrition and diet. They bring businesses together to deliver public benefit and help people gain the skills they need for the world of work.

IGD’s growth has been driven through Joanne’s significant experience in the food and consumer goods industry. This includes roles from trading, retailing and supply chain, to change management and commercial projects at the British retailer Marks & Spencer. She was also commercial adviser to the UK’s Ministry of Defence government department on food procurement.

Joanne was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) honour for services to the food and grocery industry. She has a degree in Modern Languages from Manchester University and an MBA with distinction from Stirling University.