Nestlé Waters North America names new president and CEO

Bill Bruce19 Nov 2012

Nestlé Waters North America Inc president and CEO, Kim Jeffery, plans to step down from that role after 20 years, and 34 years with the company, to assume a non-executive chairman position effective 1 February 2013.

He will be succeeded by Tim Brown, president and CEO of Nestlé Canada, who has been appointed president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America Inc.

Brown has served as president and CEO of Nestlé Canada since 2010, overseeing global brands including Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, Buitoni, Nescafé, Kit Kat and Smarties.

Prior to that, Brown spent 22 years at NWNA, most recently heading retail operations as executive vice president and general manager until transitioning to his current role.

During his time at Nestlé Canada, Brown has had a significant impact on the company and achieved sustained profitability. Brown oversaw the introduction of popular new products, developed the Nestlé Canada Vision and Values with inputs from across the workforce and initiated a continuous excellence process to meet a Nestlé worldwide standard.

Under Brown, Nestlé Canada was recognised as one of the 'Best Workplaces in Canada' in 2012.

"I am excited to continue to build on the legacy achieved by Kim Jeffery," said Brown. "Kim led the company from a single brand to the largest bottled water company in North America, while emphasising environmental responsibility and cultivating the very best corporate culture in the food and beverage business.”

Tim Brown will assume his new position at NWNA in February 2013 and joins the CEOs of the other Nestlé US operating companies, including Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Nestlé US.

In Canada, Brown will be succeeded by Shelley Martin, who is currently president of Nestlé Canada's frozen division.