VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestlé S.A. on Nov. 12 announced three personnel changes to its executive board.

Bernard Meunier, current head of Purina PetCare EMENA, will succeed Patrice Bula as head of strategic business units, marketing and sales for Nestlé, effective March 1, 2021. He will join Nestlé’s Group Executive Board when he assumes this new role.

Bula will retire in February 2021 after more than 40 years with the company.

Meunier has worked for Nestlé for more than 35 years in various senior leadership roles, including marketing, commercial and general management. He is credited with leading a personalized pet care business model for Purina Petcare, helping the brand drive significant growth during his tenure in that department.

Additionally, David Rennie, head of Nestlé’s coffee business, will join the company’s Executive Board on March 1, 2021.

"On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Executive Board, I would like to thank Patrice for the tremendous job he has done over the course of 40 years at Nestlé,” said Mark Schneider, chief executive officer of Nestlé. “We are excited that, in Bernard, we have a successor who is a dynamic leader with the proven ability to grow businesses. We are equally delighted to welcome David Rennie to the Group Executive Board. With his strategic vision, ability to execute and stellar record of success in coffee, he will make a valuable contribution."

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