Nestlé Appoints New CEO of Zone Europe

Current CEO Marco Settembri will retire with more than 36 years at Nestlé.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

April 19, 2024

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Nestlé Appoints Le Cunff as New Zone Europe CEO
Le Cunff was former CEO of Nespresso, and is taking over Zone Europe as CEO in July.Nestlé

Guillaume Le Cunff, currently CEO at Nespresso, will become the Nestlé CEO Zone Europe on July 1, 2024. He joined Nestlé in 1998, initially leading Internal Audit and Finance functions, before moving to Nespresso in 2007.

Le Cunff was appointed president of Nespresso USA in 2015. While there, he led the successful launch of Vertuo and helped establish Nespresso as the go-to brand for coffee connoisseurs in the US. In 2020, Guillaume Le Cunff became global CEO of Nespresso, where he drove geographic expansion and organic growth. He introduced pioneering initiatives, such as Reviving Origins, a program aimed at supporting coffee regions that have endured conflicts or natural disasters, and he was instrumental in the development of home-compostable capsules.

Current executive vice president and chief executive officer Zone Europe, Marco Settembri, will retire after more than 36 years at Nestlé. He will step down from the Group Executive Board on June 30, 2024.

Since joining Nestlé Italy in 1987, Settembri has held multiple management positions across various businesses. Under his leadership, Purina PetCare emerged as one of Nestlé's largest and most profitable businesses in Europe. In 2017, he was appointed head of Zone EMENA (Europe, Middle East, and North Africa). Following the sharpening of Nestlé’s geographical focus and the creation of new Zones in 2022, Settembri became Head of Zone Europe.

"On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Executive Board, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Marco for his many years of outstanding service to Nestlé. We wish him great success and fulfillment in this new phase of his life. At the same time, we are delighted to announce that Guillaume is taking over as the new CEO of Zone Europe," said Mark Schneider, CEO. "Guillaume is an inspiring and seasoned business leader with extensive experience in brand building, innovation, e-commerce and sustainability. He is the ideal leader to take Zone Europe to the next level. We wish Guillaume every success in his new role."

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Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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