José Lopez

Former Executive Vice President, COO, Nestlé SA
Nestlé executive from 1979-2015


Experience & Background: José is a senior leader with 36 years of general management and operational experience in the FMCG Industry.

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. The role included oversight of the 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 and 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.

Expertise & Interests: Leadership, supply chain, safety & health, sustainability, agricultural services and engineering, fast moving consumer goods industry

Contributions to IMD: Guest Speaker, student mentoring, research projects and writing of articles, testimonials for potential clients, specific projects, connection with clients or potential clients