The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new initiative that will rank food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition practices, has appointed Inge Kauer as its first executive director. In this role, Mrs. Kauer will oversee development of ATNI reports and rankings, which aim to encourage greater consumer access to nutritious products, thereby addressing the global issues of obesity and undernutrition. The Global Index report will be released on March 12, 2013. Mrs. Kauer will also serve as the primary liaison between ATNI and external partners and stakeholders.
“Kauer’s experience working alongside both public and private stakeholders in the food and beverage industry will be a tremendous asset to global efforts to decrease obesity and undernutrition and expand the availability of nutritious food options for consumers,” said Keith Bezanson, chairman of the ATNI Independent Advisory Panel. “We are excited about her leadership of the Access to Nutrition Index and look forward to leveraging both her expertise and understanding of the unique challenges within this sector.”
Prior to joining ATNI, Mrs. Kauer was a partner at Boer & Croon, a Dutch management consultancy firm, where she provided strategic management and communications counsel to diverse government agencies, global corporations and non-profit organizations. She also worked in senior management within the Dutch and European, Middle Eastern, and African organizations of Porter Novelli, a global, full-service communications agency, and has advised various companies within the food and beverage industry on socially responsible practices and reputational issues.
While ATNI has been developed at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, it will transition to an independent institution to be established after the launch and with a future home in the Netherlands.