STAMFORD, Conn. — Nestle Waters North America has named Tim Brown as its new president and CEO. Brown replaces current Nestle Waters North America president and CEO Kim Jeffery, who plans to assume a non-executive chairman position effective Feb. 1, 2013.
Brown, 49, was president and CEO of Nestle Canada since 2010, where he oversaw global brands including Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, Buitoni, Nescafe, Kit Kat and Smarties. The total Nestle in Canada business employs 3,500 people in 21 facilities. Under Brown, Nestle Canada was recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada in 2012. Before Nestle Canada, Brown spent 22 years at NWNA, heading retail operations as EVP and GM.
"I am excited to continue to build on the legacy achieved by Kim Jeffery," says Brown. "Kim led the company from a single brand to the largest bottled water company in North America, while emphasizing environmental responsibility and cultivating the very best corporate culture in the food and beverage business."
Jeffery, 64, has been with the company since 1978, and assumed the top position in 1992.
"Because I have spent most of my adult life in this company, my connection to the business and its people will endure," says Kim Jeffery. "The business success and strong values-based culture we built as a team transcends any individual, and having known and worked with Tim for more than 25 years, I know he is committed to building on this strong foundation as he leads the organization to continued growth and success."
Brown will assume his new position Feb. 2013 and will join the CEOs of the other Nestle U.S. operating companies, including Nestle Nutrition, Nestle Professional, Nestle Purina PetCare and Nestle USA. In Canada, Brown will be succeeded by Shelley Martin, who is currently president of Nestle Canada's frozen division.