People: Nestle SA (NESN.VX)
24 May 2013
Mr. John J. Harris has been Member of the Executive Board, Executive Vice President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Waters at Nestle SA since December 1, 2007. In 2005, he received added responsibility of Asia, Oceania and Africa. In August 2002, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestle Purina PetCare Europe. He began his career in 1974 as a Marketing Management Trainee at Carnation Company in the United States (acquired by Nestle in 1985). From 1974 to 1987, Mr. Harris held various positions in both Friskies PetCare and Carnation Products Division. In 1987, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Carnation Products Division. In 1991, he was transferred to the Friskies PetCare Division as Vice President and General Manager and was instrumental in Friskies PetCare’s acquisition of Alpo Pet Foods, announced in January 1995. In January 1997, Mr. Harris was named Senior Vice President of Nestle S.A. in Vevey responsible for the Nestle Worldwide PetCare Strategic Business Unit. In March 1999, he returned to Nestle USA as President of Friskies PetCare Company. In early 2001, he was nominated Chief Worldwide Integration Officer following the acquisition of Ralston Purina Company. He has served at Carnation Company as Marketing Management Trainee, among others. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Management, from 1974, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University.
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