Nestlé names new head of nutrition division

VEVEY, Switzerland — Nestlé on Tuesday named Luis Cantarell head of Nestlé Nutrition with the departure of Kurt Schmidt, deputy EVP Nestlé Nutrition, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons effective Dec. 1.

Cantarell will assume this role in addition to his current responsibilities as president and CEO of Nestlé Health Science. Between 2001 and 2005, he was in charge of Nestlé’s Nutrition Strategic Business Division.

"We respect Kurt Schmidt’s decision, thank him for his valuable contribution during his time at Nestlé and wish him all the best for the future," stated Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO. "Luis Cantarell plays an important role in shaping Nestlé’s nutrition, health and wellness vision, and his strong and proven leadership will be of great value to our nutrition business."