Monday, September 27, 2010
Chris Johnson and Nandu Nandkishore appointed to Nestlé Executive Board
Vevey, 27 September 2010 - As a consequence of Luis Cantarell’s new operational responsibilities as President and CEO of Nestlé Health Science S.A. from 1 January 2011, the Nestlé Board of Directors approved the appointment of Chris Johnson as Executive Vice President in charge of Zone Americas. Chris Johnson, who has been in charge of Nestlé Japan since 2007, will officially take up his new role on 1 January 2011. A U.S. citizen, Chris Johnson started his career with Nestlé in 1983 as a marketing trainee in Carnation Inc. During his first eight years, he took on increasing responsibilities, mainly in the commercial area, at Nestlé USA and then, from 1991, in Japan. Senior Area Manager for the Asian region of Nestlé Waters in Paris from 1995, he was then transferred to Taiwan in 1998 as market head. From 2000, Chris Johnson led the worldwide development and implementation of GLOBE, a key enabler for the subsequent structural and strategic transformation of Nestlé. As such, he was appointed Deputy Executive Vice President in April 2001. Six years later, in 2007, Chris Johnson was appointed head of Nestlé Japan, a market he has since successfully run.
The Nestlé Board of Directors also approved the appointment of Nandu Nandkishore as Deputy Executive Vice President in charge of Nestlé Nutrition, with immediate effect. An Indian national, Nandu Nandkishore started in 1989 with Nestlé in India where, over the next seven years, he took on increasing responsibilities, mainly in marketing. His international career started in 1996 when he was transferred to Indonesia to run the Confectionery Business Unit. In 2000, after a short period at international headquarters in Vevey, he returned to Indonesia where he was promoted to market head of Indonesia in March 2003. In April 2005, Nandu Nandkishore became market head of Nestlé Philippines, which he ran very successfully until October 2009, when he returned to international headquarters to take up the role of Global Business Head, Infant Nutrition.