Dame Fiona Kendrick

CEO and Chairman, Nestlé UK and Ireland

Biography

Fiona Kendrick became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé UK and Ireland in 2012, having joined Nestlé UK in 1980 in the commercial area. Before joining Nestlé, Fiona started her career in teaching.

Fiona has spent her working life with Nestlé in key strategic roles in the UK Market as well as at global level.
In her role as Chairman and CEO, Fiona heads up the UK and Ireland business which has a turnover of £ 2.4 billion and employs 8,000 people across 20 sites.
Prior to taking this role Fiona was responsible for the global strategic direction of Nestlé’s Coffee and Beverage brands based in Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland. This role had the responsibility for setting the global direction for the Nestle Beverage brands including Nescafe. The role reported into the main Nestlé Executive Board.

Fiona has a personal passion for the youth employment and skills agenda, and is leading a number of lighthouse projects in this area both inside and outside Nestlé.

She is helping to transform the Nestlé UK & Ireland business’ recruitment practices through the Nestlé Academy. The Academy brings together graduate and apprenticeship programmes, direct entry schemes and vocational training in order to deliver more flexible entry points and alternative routes to higher education for people. She also supports Speakers for Schools and leads Nestlé’s charitable partnership with Action for Children.

Fiona was appointment a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills in September 2013 and she plays a lead role in supporting the development and delivery of strategies for skills and employment across the four UK nations.

In January 2015 Fiona was appointed President of the Food & Drink Federation, the association that represents the UK food and drink manufacturing industry. She previously led the organisation’s skills and competitiveness agenda and Co-Chaired the UK Food & Drink Export Forum.

In the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s list Fiona was created Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to the food industry and support for skills and opportunities for young people.

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