José Lopez


Former Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, Nestlé SA


José Lopez is an Executive in Residence at IMD. He is a senior leader with 36 years of general management and operational experience in the FMCG Industry and has proven his ability to deliver strong results in a rapidly changing environment. He has demonstrated leadership in driving company-wide improvements in product quality, safety and customer service while generating sustainable revenue, profitability and cash flow gains through responsible cost management, portfolio based capital investment management and consumer-focused innovation.

From 2007 until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Lopez has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer for Nestlé SA, operating from Switzerland. In this role he has held group-wide responsibility for manufacturing spanning 440 factories in 86 countries, supply chain including customer service and physical logistics across 1,300 warehouses/shipment points, procurement of CHF 60 bio./year worth of direct and indirect materials & services, product quality, safety & health, sustainability, agricultural services and engineering.

He started his career with Nestlé in 1979 as a project engineer. In addition to working in Switzerland, he has held top management positions in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.