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Board Of Directors

Our Board is composed of highly-qualified leaders in business, technology, nutrition, fast-moving consumer goods and other relevant disciplines. Each Board member has proven experience, skills and current expertise aligned to our business goals.

Our Board has a successful track record of delivering shareholder value in a rapidly changing business environment. As a team they are dedicated to ensuring long-term, sustainable value creation.


Diverse and complementary backgrounds



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Leadership
experience

Public company
CEO & CFO
backgrounds

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Financial acumen
Investment
management /
financial services
know-how

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Consumer
industry
expertise

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Technical and
scientific
expertise

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Government
and education

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Emerging markets
and international
business

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Gender diversity
4 women on the
Board

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Fresh perspectives
9 new independent
directors added since
2015, including
2 directors in 2019

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Our Board members

Secretary to the Board of Directors: David P. Frick
 

A global team for a global company

 

We have a diverse and balanced Board with complementary backgrounds providing a broad range of relevant skills and experience.

 
  Year Added to Board Nationality Public company CEO / CFO Int'l business FMCG Retail / Brand / Marketing Financial / M&A Technology Gov't / NGO
Paul Bulcke 2008 Belgian / Swiss
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Mark Schneider 2017 American/German
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Henri de Castries 2012 French
yes
yes
   
yes
   
Beat Hess 2008 Swiss  
yes
   
yes
   
Renato Fassbind 2015 Swiss
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
   
Ann M. Veneman 2011 American    
yes
     
yes
Eva Cheng 2013 Chinese  
yes
yes
yes
     
Patrick Aebischer 2015 Swiss  
yes
     
yes
 
Ursula M. Burns 2017 American
yes
yes
     
yes
 
Kasper Rorsted 2018 Danish
yes
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 
Kimberly A. Ross 2018 American
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Pablo Isla 2018 Spanish
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Dick Boer 2019 Dutch
yes
yes
yes
yes
     
Dinesh Paliwal 2019 American / Indian
yes
yes
     
yes
 
 

Nestlé Board of Directors skills and diversity grid (pdf, 57Kb)


 
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Leading Corporate Governance

Governance policies aligned with shareholders

  • Annually-elected directors
  • Lead Independent Director
  • 6 new independent directors in the past 3 years
  • Age and term limits for board members
  • Twelve of fourteen directors are independent
  • Majority voting
  • Binding “say-on-pay” votes

 

A recognised leader in corporate governance

  • Best Corporate Governance - Food and Beverage (Ethical Boardroom Magazine, 2018)
  • Best Corporate Governance Switzerland (Capital Finance International, 2016)
  • Best Corporate Governance - Food and Beverage (Ethical Boardroom Magazine, 2016)
  • Overall Leader in the Food Products Industry (Dow Jones Sustainability Index, 2017)
  • Corporate Governance Company of the Year (The European, 2012)
  • Best Corporate Governance and Disclosure Policy (Business Wire, 2010)