Pierre-André Terisse, the recently-appointed CFO at Danone, has been named on the food giant's executive committee.

Terisse, who started with the committee yesterday (14 April), joined Danone from cigar maker Altadis earlier this year after replacing Antoine Giscard d'Estaing, who had decided to resign from the company.

Terisse, 41, spent 11 years at Danone after joining the French dairy giant in 1992. In 2003, he joined Altadis as treasury director.

Yesterday, the France-based company, which owns the Evian and Volvic water brands, said that total group sales in the first three months of 2008 were up by 11.4% on the corresponding quarter a year, at EUR3.76bn (US$5.93bn.

Sales at the water division rose by 7%, following what a spokesperson for the company described as the "de-consolidation" of its Chinese joint venture with Hangzhou Wahaha from its financial performance. Revenue from the unit reached EUR695m, compared to EUR1.01bn in Q1 last year, when Chinese results were also factored in.