Born in Austria in 1944, Mr Brabeck-Letmathe graduated from the University of World Trade in Vienna with a degree in economics. After joining Nestlé Group in 1968, he spent a significant part of his career in Latin America before being transferred to Nestlé’s international headquarters in Vevey as Senior Vice President. Appointed Executive Vice President as of 1992 and Member of the Executive Board, he was in charge of strategic business units, sales & marketing and corporate communications. He led Nestlé Group from 1997 to 2008, first as CEO until 2005 and then as Chairman & CEO. In April 2008, he stepped down as CEO and remained Chairman of Nestlé S.A. On 6 April 2017, Mr Brabeck-Letmathe was appointed Chairman Emeritus of Nestlé S.A. Mr Brabeck-Letmathe also serves as Vice Chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and as Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Verbier Festival. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Biologique Recherche and Chairman of the Advisory Board of SES-imagotag. He is the former Chairman and now an independent board member of Formula One Group and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Salt Mobile SA. He is also Chairman of the Business Policy International Advisory Board of San Telmo Business School. Before that, he served on the boards of Roche, Credit Suisse, L’Oréal and Exxon Mobil Corporation. In addition, he was Chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group, a public-private partnership that operates within the World Bank.