Marie Besnier Beauvalot

Marie Besnier Beauvalot

French entrepreneur and housewife
Country: France

  1. Marie Besnier-Butallo: A Successful French Entrepreneur and Homemaker
  2. Marie's Role in the Company
  3. The History of 'Lactalis'
  4. 'Lactalis' as a Global Dairy Supplier

Marie Besnier-Butallo: A Successful French Entrepreneur and Homemaker

Marie Besnier-Butallo, a French entrepreneur and homemaker, is currently recognized as one of the most successful businesswomen in the world. At the age of 32, Marie, along with her brothers Emmanuel and Jean-Michel, leads the French dairy giant 'Lactalis'. The company supplies dairy products such as cheeses (including the highly popular brie 'Président'), yogurts, and more, to customers worldwide. 'Lactalis' is a 100% family-owned enterprise, with all shares currently held by Marie, Emmanuel, and Jean-Michel.

Marie's Role in the Company

Although indirect information suggests that Emmanuel Besnier holds the primary authority within the company, Marie and Jean-Michel also hold shares in the family business. However, they do not exert significant influence on the company's current affairs. Jean-Michel devotes more attention to other projects, particularly forestry, while Marie leads a relatively calm and measured homemaker's life. Nevertheless, Marie's actual role in the company does not diminish the fact that she is currently the head of one of the world's most successful enterprises.

The History of 'Lactalis'

'Lactalis' was founded in 1933 by André Besnier. By 2011, the company's position in the dairy market had significantly weakened, and rumors of bankruptcy were rampant. The situation improved when 'Lactalis' acquired and saved the Italian firm 'Parmalat' from bankruptcy. The additional resources from the Italian company helped 'Lactalis' entrepreneurs restore their position. 'Parmalat' was not the first foreign acquisition for 'Lactalis'; the company had previously acquired potential competitors, such as the Italian group 'Galbani' in 2006. 'Lactalis' prefers to collaborate with other food giants. In 2006, they launched a joint venture called 'Lactalis Nestlé Produits Frais', which supplies yogurts and desserts to nine European countries.

'Lactalis' as a Global Dairy Supplier

Shortly after the acquisition of 'Parmalat', 'Lactalis' became the leading global supplier of dairy products. Approximately 52,000 people worked across 187 sites of the company. Skillful leadership and a series of successful business decisions have helped 'Lactalis' maintain its leading positions in the dairy market to this day.