Paul Bulcke

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Paul Bulcke
Paul Bulcke - Davos 2010.jpg
Bulcke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 30 January
Born (1954-09-08) September 8, 1954 (age 62)
Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Alma mater Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
Occupation Chairman, Nestlé
Years active 1979–present
Salary SFr 10,749,291
Spouse(s) Marilène Vanderhaeghe
Children 3

Paul Bulcke (born 8, September 1954) is a Belgian businessman who is the chairman and former CEO of Nestlé.

Early life[edit]

He graduated as a commercial engineer at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is an alumnus of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. He also attended the program for executive development at the Swiss leading business school International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne.


In 1979, aged 25, he started working for the Nestlé group and worked in different countries, including Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Portugal, Czech Republic and Germany. Before his appointment as CEO of Nestlé, he was the executive vice president of its Americas divisions.

Bulcke has described Nestlé under his tenure as 'une force tranquille' (English: 'calm strength'). He is known for having a reserved, quiet personal manner.[1]

As of 2016, there has been talk of possibly succeeding him as a CEO of Nestle, with two potential candidates being Lauren Freixie the CEO of Nestle American operations and Wan Ling Martello the CEO of Nestle's Asia-Pacific Operations.[2]


On August 30, 2012, Bulcke claimed that water is not a human right and should be privatized. He was quoted as saying ""If something isn't given a value, people tend to waste it. Water is our most useful resource, but those using it often don’t even cover the costs of its infrastructure. Fresh water is being massively overused at nature’s expense, but it seems only a global crisis will make us realise the importance of the issue. What is environmentally unsustainable today will become socially unsustainable in the future," [3]

Awards and honours[edit]

On 25 May 2012, he received the VMA Award from the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School for his "lifelong career, which has been distinguished by sustained integrity, exceptional management capacity and inspiring leadership".[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, has three children, and speaks six languages: Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English.[5] Paul also does like to go sailing as a hobby.[6]


  1. ^ "Nestlé chief executive Paul Bulcke is not one for a break, but he loves his Kit Kat". Telegraph. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nestlé chief Paul Bulcke savours the challenge". Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Vlerick alumnus Paul Bulcke receives 5th VMA Award, 25 May 2012, Vlerick Alumni
  5. ^ "Paul Bulcke". Nestle. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nestlé chief Paul Bulcke savours the challenge". Retrieved 2016-11-24. 


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