Degree in Economics, University of World Trade, Vienna. 1997-2008: led the Nestlé Group, first as CEO, until 2005, then as Chairman and CEO. April 2008: handed over the office of CEO and remained Chairman of the Board, Nestlé. Vice- Chairman L'Oréal. Chairman of the Board: Nestlé Health Science; Nestlé Skin Health; Delta Topco (Formula 1). Member of the Board of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group. Vice-Chairman of Foundation Board of World Economic Forum. Member: Hong-Kong Europe Business Council. Recipient of awards, including: Austrian Cross of Honour for services to the Republic of Austria; La Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca; La Orden Francisco de Miranda, Republic of Venezuela; Schumpeter Prize for Outstanding Contribution in Disruptive Innovation; Honary Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta, Canada.