SWITZERLAND – Nestlé, the world’s largest food company has announced that Magdi Batato, the Executive Vice President and Head of Operations will retire in early 2024 after a distinguished career of over 30 years at the company.

Consequently, a former employee at Nestle Stephanie Pullings Hart, currently Senior Vice President of Operations for Warby Parker, will return to Nestlé, effective 1 July 2023, as the Deputy Head of Operations and thereafter take over as operations head by Jan. 1, 2024.

The Swiss consumer foods giant made the announcement in a press release dated May, 23 adding that Batato, who has held various roles across three continents during his time with Nestlé has immensely contributed to operations at the company.

According to Nestlé, in his current position, Batato is responsible for the operations of hundreds of Nestlé factories across the globe, overseeing Nestlé’s procurement and logistics areas and leading Nestlé’s sustainability work.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Executive Board, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Magdi for his many contributions to Nestlé,” says Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider.

Stephanie Pullings Hart brings immense knowledge in manufacturing, supply chain, and customer experience as she currently executes at Warby Parker.

Prior to Warby Parker, Stephanie Pullings Hart was the Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Beyond Meat, where she transformed the company’s manufacturing and supply chain activities to help it achieve a significant sales increase.

Until 2018, Stephanie Pullings Hart had a successful 23-year career at Nestlé, with roles of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, factory management, supply chain, research and development, and human resources. She worked in several of our businesses and across multiple continents.

Mark Schneider wished Batato all the best for this next chapter. At the same time, he expressed delight that Stephanie is returning to Nestlé.

With her appointment, we are gaining a highly qualified leader with extensive experience across all areas of operations, and a proven track record in growing businesses.

Her highly entrepreneurial and digital experience combined with her knowledge of Nestlé make her the ideal leader to take us forward. Welcome back, Stephanie!”

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