Nestle appointmentThis article was originally published in Foodnews
PAUL Grimwood, chief executive of Nestlé UK & Ireland, has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Nestlé USA. He will replace Brad Alford, who is due to retire from the role in October 2012, to lead one of the Swiss-headquartered group’s largest markets. Grimwood has been in his current position since January 2009 and headed the Nestlé UK confectionery business for three years prior to that. Grimwood also led a major investment program to create Nestlé’s next generation of world-class manufacturing operations in the UK. He joined Nestlé in 2001 in Nestlé Purina PetCare UK & Ireland. Alford has been with Nestlé for 32 years, including nearly seven years as chairman and chief executive of Nestlé USA. He was Market Head of Nestlé Oceania and in the US led many businesses during his career, including Nestlé FoodServices, Confections & Snacks and Nestlé Brands before being named to his current role in late 2005.