Paul Bulcke

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Paul Bulcke
Paul Bulcke, May 2016.jpg
Bulcke in 2016
Born (1954-09-08) 8 September 1954 (age 65)
Alma materKatholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School
Years active1979–present
SalarySFr 10,749,291
TitleChairman, Nestlé
Spouse(s)Marilène Vanderhaeghe

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.


Bulcke during the WEF 2010

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]

He was succeeded as CEO by Ulf Mark Schneider in January 2017.[2]

Water sustainability[edit]

On August 30, 2012, Bulcke 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] He likes 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. ^ "Nestle Press Release, Jun 27, 2016".
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Vlerick alumnus Paul Bulcke receives 5th VMA Award, 25 May 2012, Vlerick Alumni Archived 15 January 2013 at
  5. ^ "Paul Bulcke". Nestle. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Nestlé chief Paul Bulcke savours the challenge". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 November 2016.


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