Paul Bulcke

Personal Data

Nationality: Belgian and Swiss
Year of Birth: September 8, 1954


  • 1972-1976
    University of Louvain (Belgium) - Commercial Engineer
  • 1976-1977
    Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Belgium) - Post Graduate in Management
  • 1995
    Programme for Executive Development, IMD Switzerland

Professional Career

  • 1977-1979
    Scott Graphics International, Bornem (Belgium) Financial analyst
  • since 1979
    Nestlé Group, Vevey (Switzerland)
  • 1979-1980
    Nestlé S.A. Marketing Trainee (Switzerland, Spain, Belgium)
  • 1980-1996
    Nestlé Peru, Nestlé Ecuador and Nestlé Chile Marketing, Sales and Division Functions
  • 1996-1998
    Nestlé Portugal, Market Head
  • 1998-2000
    Nestlé Czech and Slovak Republic, Market Head
  • 2000-2004
    Nestlé Germany, Frankfurt am Main, Market Head
  • 2004-2008
    Executive Vice President, Nestlé S.A.
    Zone Director for Zone Americas: 
    United States of America, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean
  • 2008-2016
    Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé S.A.
  • Since 2017
    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A.

Other Activities / Memberships

  • Chairperson Nestlé Science & Technology Advisory Council (CH)
  • Member of the European Roundtable for Industry (ERT)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Avenir Suisse
  • Chairman (until 2020 Member) of the World Economic Forum's Community of Chairpersons (WEF)
  • Member of JP Morgan International Council
  • Co-Chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group

Board Memberships in listed companies

  • Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, L'Oréal (France)