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Sustainability Director EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa), Nestlé, Switzerland
Katja Seidenschnur
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Sustainability Director EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa), Nestlé, Switzerland
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At Nestle, as Sustainability Director for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Katja's role is to embed sustainability in the Business across all categories and countries to support the transformation of food systems and enable sustainable growth. She has substantial strategic and operational experience in global, regional and national business management, marketing, business development, innovation and sales with a proven track record with P&L responsibility for regional and national business Units including Managing Director. Prior working for Nestle in various countries, she has also worked for Henkel cosmetics in Germany and Nordics.

Katja holds an MBA from Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany, and post-graduate executive programs from IMD and Harvard University. She was born and raised in Germany.

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  • 23 years business experience
  • Has been working at Nestle as Managing Director, in strategic marketing, in the innovation acceleration team and as regional operations manager for Europe for Nescafe Dolce Gusto.
  • Prior to that she was working in global marketing at Henkel in Germany and as Group Manager for cosmetic products for the Nordic region.

Nestle: 

Nestlé has recently explained its top priorities for Europe, Middle East, and North Africa to reach its 2050 net-zero climate goal. It has revealed that nearly two-thirds of its total emissions are linked to agriculture. To tackle those emissions, Nestlé will change with its suppliers the way food is produced. Farming practices will transition to regenerative agriculture to benefit nature and improve farmer incomes. Katja’s responsibilities include working across all functions along the value chain from agriculture to rethinking manufacturing and distribution processes and making packaging more circular. Also, shifting the company’s portfolio to more plant-based products and introducing carbon-neutral brands.