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 Businessman
Years active 1979–present
Salary SFr 10,749,291
Title CEO of Nestlé
Term 2008–present
Predecessor Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Successor Incumbent
Spouse(s) Marilène Vanderhaeghe
Children 3

Paul Bulcke (born 8, September 1954), is a Belgian businessman who was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Nestlé on 20 September 2007 and started in his new role in April 2008.

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 Head of America (EVP of 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]


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," [2]

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".[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married, has three children, and speaks six languages: Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and English.[4]



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