Nestlé appoints Mauricio Alarcon to lead Central, West Africa region

WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA – Global food and beverage company, Nestlé has appointed Mauricio Alarcon as the new Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Central and West Africa Ltd, effective September 1, 2020.

Mr. Alarcon is a Mexican national with a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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He worked in the banking sector before joining Nestlé Mexico in 1999 and has worked with the food giant in different regions at different capacities ever since.

In 2004, he was appointed as Marketing Manager for the Ice Cream business in Australia and later on moved to Nestlé’s North and Eastern Africa Region as Business Executive Manager for Ice Cream in 2010, transforming the business by doubling turnover and improving profitability.

According to Nestle, Mr. Alarcon has a robust and in-depth understanding of Central and West Africa region which positions him well for the top position.

In 2014, he became Managing Director of Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire where he drove business growth and efficiency. He also headed Nestlé’s operation in Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mauritania and Cape Verde.

In 2016, he became the Managing Director of Nestlé Nigeria, the largest Nestlé operation in the region.

During his tenure in Nigeria, Mr. Alarcon was a catalyst for change and innovation to achieve superior business performance amidst a volatile environment.

He also demonstrated a strong personal commitment to improving the lives of people within the company as well as in the communities it operates.

“I’m honoured and excited to lead Nestlé Central and West Africa Ltd. I look forward to joining forces with all our stakeholders to deliver Nestlé’s purpose, which is to unlock the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come,” said Mr. Alarcon.

“We will achieve this by bringing to life our vision of delivering affordable and accessible nutrition to everyone in Central and West Africa.

“We will also continue to build strong communities by improving livelihoods as well as intensify our efforts to protect our planet for future generations,” he added.

In Central and West Africa, Nestlé operates in 25 countries and directly employs more than 5,400 people.

The region has 9 factories and 3 co-packers with its portfolio spanning in the food and beverage categories including dairy, culinary, coffee, beverages, infant nutrition and bottled water.

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