Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland appoints new Managing Director

Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of George Vezza as Managing Director, with effect from 1st February 2015.

George VezzaPrior to joining Nestlé Professional as Sales Director in 2011, Vezza was based in Switzerland as Assistant Vice President of Nestlé’s Global Sales & Marketing function.  He formerly worked with Nestlé Canada and Nestlé Caribbean Region where he held various sales and marketing roles of increasing responsibility.

Vezza replaces well known industry figure Neil Stephens, who has been appointed Managing Director of Nestlé Beverages UK & Ireland. Stephens successfully led Nestlé Professional through a period of major change, returning the business to growth and achieving record market share in core categories of catering coffee and confectionery, as well as entering new categories with long term growth potential.

Speaking of his appointment, Vezza said: “It is an enormously exciting time for Nestlé Professional as we continue to morph into a business partner that delivers entrepreneurial solutions to its customers.  Neil has created a legacy that I am proud to be taking forward to a new level, as we continue our journey of growth and innovation.”

Stephens said: “George has played a key role in our on-going vision of ‘Inspiring our Partners’ Growth’.  He knows our industry well and will provide great continuity moving forward.”

As a result of the above changes, Nestlé Professional is also pleased to announce that Steve Norris currently Sales Controller for the RTM channel has been promoted to Sales Director for Nestlé Professional® UK & Ireland. Norris has been instrumental in delivering consistent profitable growth while building a strong team and solid customer relations. Steve joined Nestlé Professional in 2008 and currently has over 30 years’ experience in the UK food service industry with a track record of achieving motivational results. Steve is a trained chef with a solid sales background in wholesale and FMCG manufacturing.