Nigyar Makhmudova

Chief Growth Officer at Danone


Makhmudova is a true global executive. At Danone, she oversees a division that drives $10 billion in revenue across 100 markets and manages 15,000-plus employees in more than 80 factories. She calls herself a “foreigner for life,” who “has learned to cherish diversity, to value constant self-reinvention, and to appreciate the importance of empathy and the power of intellectual curiosity.” She’s passionate about what she does, living by the words of “do what you love, love what you do.” Makhmudova is a strong advocate for mentorship and focuses on building a positive culture on her team. Outside of her work at Danone, she is a non-executive board member at Jungbunzlauer, a top producer of biodegradable materials.