Magdi Batato

Executive VP and Head of Operations at Nestlé

Born in 1959 in Egypt, Magdi Batato is a Swiss national. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Thermodynamics. He joined Nestlé in 1991 and has worked in several senior positions for Nestlé in in Germany, Lebanon, South Africa. From 2004 on he was the Executive Director of Production in Malaysia. In 2009, Magdi Batato moved to Nestle UK & Ireland as Head of Group Technical before taking over the position of Market Head Pakistan in May 2012. In 2015, Magdi Batato was appointed as Executive Vice President, Nestle S.A., and Head of Operations. As such he is responsible for Procurement, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Engineering, Quality Management, Agriculture, Safety &. Health, Environmental Sustainability and Operations Performance. Beyond Nestlé, Magdi Batato is board member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is on the board of Carlsberg A/S.

“I am honored to be the chair of the Supervisory Board of IDH. I think IDH is a unique organization that is in a good position to encourage and support companies, hand in hand with other stakeholders including local governments, farmers and banks, to increase productivity and securing livelihoods, while protecting forests and other natural resources and improving the resilience of agriculture-reliant families, with regards to food and nutritional security. I am looking forward to contributing to this through the IDH Supervisory Board.“

Magdi Batato is the successor of André Veneman, who chaired the Supervisory Board for 9 years.