People: Nestle SA (NESN.VX)
Dr. Beat W. Hess, Ph.D., has been Member of the Board of Directors at Nestle SA since April 10, 2008. He is Member of the Chairman’s and Corporate Governance Committee at the Company. From 1969 till 1972, he studied Law at the Universite de Geneve and graduated with a License en Droit degree. From 1972 till 1974, he studied Law and Universite de Geneve and gained Juris Doctor degree. From 1975 till 1976, he studied at University of Miami, School of Law and graduated with Master of Legal Letters degree. From 1976 till 1977, he studied at Universite de Fribourg and gained Doctorate in Philosophy degree. In 1975, he was admitted to the Swiss Bar. From 1973 till 1975, he has served in various positions in Swiss courts and government agencies as Clerk and Legal Adviser. From 1977 till 1988, he has served as Legal Counsel, promoted to General Counsel in 1986, at BBC Brown Boveri Ltd. From 1988 till 2003, he has served at ABB Ltd as Senior Group Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. From 2003 until his retirement in January 2011, Dr. Hess was Group Legal Director and Member of the Group Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc, The Hague, the Netherlands. He is Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of Holcim Ltd, as well as Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of Sonova Holding AG, Switzerland. He is also Member of The Hague Academy of International Law.
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