Patrice Bula has been a member of the Board of Directors since February 28, 2019. He qualifies as an independent Non-Executive Director and is a member of the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Bula is executive vice president and head of strategic business units, marketing and sales at Nestlé SA, and chairman of Nestlé Nespresso SA. As a Nestlé representative, he serves as chairman of Blue Bottle Coffee Inc., based in the United States, and as a board member of Froneri Ltd. in the United Kingdom, Hsu Fu Chi Group Companies in China, and Cereal Partners Worldwide SA in Switzerland. Additionally, he is on the board and compensation committee of Schindler Holding Ltd. (Switzerland), and is serving on the board and audit committee of Bobst Group SA (Switzerland) until April 4, 2019.
Mr. Bula received his master’s degree in economic sciences from HEC Lausanne in Switzerland, and he completed the Program for Executive Development at IMD business school in Lausanne. He joined Nestlé in 1980 and has held multiple positions at the company, including market head of Nestlé Greater China Region, and market head of Nestlé Germany.