Nestlé has appointed Nicole Roos as the managing director for East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), headquartered in Johannesburg.
Nicole Roos, incoming MD for Nestlé East and Southern Africa. Source: Supplied
Roos is succeeding Bruno Olierhoek whose term ends on 31 October 2022. Olierhoek will move on to a new assignment in due course having served as chairman and managing director in the region since 2018.
Roos is currently the business executive officer (BEO) for Coffee and Beverages for ESAR. She began her career as a marketing trainee in South Africa 20 ago and is the first female managing director for the region.
She started her career at Nestlé in 2002 and has had an illustrious journey since. From 2004, she was appointed as a brand manager for Nutrition and took on different roles of increasing responsibility in the category until 2008 when she was expatriated to the United States. There she worked as product manager and then senior project manager on Formula and Cereals for Nutrition.
In 2010 she returned to South Africa to join the executive leadership team of Southern Africa as country business manager for Infant Nutrition, a role she held for more than six years. Roos then took on her current role as BEO for Coffee and Beverages in 2016 and has grown the business into one of the most successful in the Africa zone, despite the challenges of operating across multiple markets.