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Magdi Batato

Magdi Batato

Executive Vice President
Head of Operations


Magdi Batato has extensive experience in the manufacturing and technical area, combined with business experience in both developed and emerging markets. He is working to make Nestlé's supply chain and production better and more sustainable, day by day.

Magdi is passionate about sustainability and quality. In addition, he has a strong drive for societal engagement and an interest in a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Before starting his career at Nestlé in 1991 as Engineer in Industrial Services, Energy & Environment, Magdi worked as Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and Technicom in Bienne (Switzerland) as well as Project Engineer in an engineering consultancy firm in Lausanne (Switzerland).

His factory and production management experience took him to Germany (1995), Lebanon (1997) and South Africa (2001). In 2004, he was transferred to Malaysia as Executive Director of Production. In 2009, he moved to Nestlé UK & Ireland as Head of Group Technical. In May 2012, Magdi was appointed CEO of Nestlé in Pakistan and Afghanistan, based in Lahore.

In October 2015, Magdi became Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. in charge of Operations. He is responsible for Procurement, Nestrade, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Safety & Health, Quality Management, Engineering, Agriculture, ESG, as well as Sustainability and Operations Strategies.

Magdi is a member of the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg A/S and a member of its Audit and Remuneration Committee. Since 2018, he is a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences and as of 2020 he is Chairman of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative.

Magdi, a Swiss national, is a mechanical engineer and holds a PhD in Energetics of the human body from the EPFL. He completed the Executive Development Program at IMD Lausanne and an International Manufacturing with INSEAD.

Date of birth: 1959
Nationality: Swiss
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German
Other: Married, 2 children


  • October 2015 Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A., Head of Operations
  • 2012 Market Head Pakistan
  • 2009 Head of Group Technical, Nestlé UK & Ireland
  • 2004 Technical Director, Nestlé Malaysia
  • 2001 Factory Manager - Estcourt, Nestlé South Africa
  • 1997 Factory Manager, Nestlé Lebanon
  • 1991 joined the Group in the field of technical (Engineer Industrial Services,
    Energy & Environment Consultant, Production Manager)
  • 1989 BG Consulting Engineers


  • 2003 International Manufacturing, INSEAD
  • 1988 PhD Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1981 Bachelor, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland


  • Board member, Carlsberg A/S
  • Member, Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences
  • Chairman, IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initiative


The following photos are available for download. Click on the image to open in Flickr.