Francesca Kleemans

Managing Director
Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate APAC


Francesca Kleemans has worked in cocoa and chocolate for the past 19 years. Her experience stems from sales, strategy, market research, risk management and procurement. In her last role with Cargill, Francesca was the Global Director for the cocoa product lines and was responsible for driving global growth through optimizing capabilities and generating synergies for customers.

At present, Francesca is the Managing Director for Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia Pacific. She plays a pivotal role in creating differentiated value to help Asian customers respond to consumer trends and market demands. Known for her play-to-win mindset, Francesca has plans to expand the Asian sustainable footprint. Building on a foundation of uncompromising high quality cocoa products, she believes that innovation and digitalisation pave the way for continued growth and the future of cocoa and chocolate in Asia.

Francesca has just relocated to Singapore with her husband and three children. Together, they are enjoying Singapore’s melting pot of people and food flavours. Originally from Italy, Francesca’s favorite way of recharging her energies is to bask in the beauty of an art-filled piazza while sipping on a hot cocoa drink.