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Nestlé Appoints New CFO

To succeed Wan Ling Martello, who recently took on new responsibilities as executive vice president and head of zone Asia, Oceania, and Africa, the board of directors has appointed François-Xavier Roger, currently chief financial officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan, as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nestlé, effective July 1, 2015.

François-Xavier Roger, a French citizen, has a degree in accounting from Audencia Business School and an MBA from the Ohio State University. He has vast knowledge of the finance & control area and extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, food, and nutrition industry with Roussel, Aventis, Danone, and Takeda. He is a truly international executive, having lived and worked in France, the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, Singapore, Luxembourg, and Japan.

From 2000 to 2008, he worked as chief financial officer for Danone Asia, followed by head of finance, treasury and tax for the Danone Group, based in Paris. From 2008 to 2013, he was chief financial officer of Millicom, a listed, global mobile phone operator based in Luxembourg, before taking up the current role of chief financial officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical.

“I am confident that François-Xavier Roger will blend well into the Nestlé culture and that his vast experience in finance and control, merger and acquisitions, as well as relations with regulators and investors, will make him ideally suited to assume this crucial role in our group,” said Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé. “His extensive insight, knowledge, and experience in different geographies and industries, in particular in food, nutrition, and pharma, will allow him to quickly contribute to driving the performance of the Nestlé Group as the recognized leader in nutrition, health, and wellness.”

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