Nestle SA made two additions to its executive board, reflecting the importance of two core businesses.
Bernard Meunier, currently head of Nestlé Purina PetCare EMENA, has been named head of strategic business units, marketing and sales, replacing the retiring Patrice Bula. The new role will become effective March 1.
Meunier, who has been with the company for 35 year, will also join the Nestle Group executive board. In addition to leading the Purina PetCare EMENA business, he’s held senior leadership roles in marketing, commercial and general management at the No. 1 consumer goods company.
David Rennie, head of the Nestlé coffee brands group, has also been named a member of the executive board, also effective March 1.
The change reflects the strategic nature of his role given coffee’s place as a Nestle growth pillar, the company said in a statement, noting the work he’s done to grow the business, including launching a partnership with Starbucks.
Nestle CEO Mark Schneider thanked Bula for his four decades of service at Nestle. “We are excited that, in Bernard, we have a successor who is a dynamic leader with the proven ability to grow businesses,” he added. “We are equally delighted to welcome David Rennie to the group executive board. With his strategic vision, ability to execute and stellar record of success in coffee, he will make a valuable contribution.”
Separately, Nestle’s Purina brand announced it has expanded its relationship with TerraCycle, launching its LightWeight Free & Clean cat litter on the Loop e-commerce platform.
The Loop circular commerce platform enables consumers to purchase items in reusable containers, working with consumer goods manufacturers and retailers to eliminate single-use packaging.
The executive will lead all aspects of PMI’s supply chain operations in the North America and EMEA regions – including sales, demand and supply planning, sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics.