Nestlé appoints scientist Catsicas as CTO

The world's biggest food group, Nestlé, has appointed Swiss scientist Stefan Casticas at its new chief technology officer (release). He replaces Werner Bauer, who will retire in August after 23 years with the company.

Casticas is currently provost and executive vice president of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, and will join Nestlé in September.

Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé, said:

Werner Bauer shaped Nestlé’s R&D capabilities for more than 20 years and laid the scientific foundations for our innovation-driven approach to Nutrition, Health and Wellness. He created a global R&D network and was also instrumental in paving the way for our future activities in the area of health science. I am confident that Stefan Catsicas will further strengthen this drive across many scientific fields. Bringing together his extensive experience in academia, open innovation and business Stefan Catsicas has the right competences to reinforce and advance our unmatched R&D capabilities and bring them to new levels of achievement.