Nestlé’s UK chief moves to US

By John Wood

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Grimwood has headed up Nestlé UK & Ireland since January 2009
Grimwood has headed up Nestlé UK & Ireland since January 2009
Paul Grimwood, chairman and chief executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland, has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Nestlé USA, based in Glendale, California, from October 2012.

Grimwood will be succeeded at Nestlé UK & Ireland by Fiona Kendrick, who currently heads Nestlé’s global coffee business unit in Switzerland

She developed her early career with Nestlé in the UK and headed Nestlé’s UK Food & Beverage Division, including the Nescafé business for six years.

Grimwood has held the top job at Nestlé UK & Ireland since January 2009, and headed Nestlé’s UK Confectionery business for three years prior to that.

Nestlé said that during his tenure its business in the UK & Ireland had delivered consistent growth in sales and profitability, despite the difficult economic environment, and had grown overall market share.

Next-generation manufacturing

Grimwood also led a large investment programme to create Nestlé’s next-generation manufacturing operations in the UK.

In January this year Nestlé announced a £500M investment in its UK factories over the next three years and, in October, the company will move to a new head office in Gatwick.

Grimwood has also taken a prominent role in the wider industry as deputy president of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF), chairing its Competitiveness Steering Group.

FDF communications director Terry Jones said Grimwood had done a “grand job”​ and that a new deputy president would be appointed at the next FDF Council meeting in October.

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