Nestle Appoints Former UNICEF Director to Corporate Board

This month Ann Venemen, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), from 2005-2010, joins the Board of Directors of the Nestle Corporation, the worlds largest global food and beverage corporation and the leading global manufacturer of infant formula. Public health advocates have accused Nestle of subverting international agreements on advertising of infant formula. UNICEF had played a leading role in opposing corporate promotion of infant formula at the expense of breast feeding. Prior to joining UNICEF, Veneman served as Secretary of Agriculture for President George W. Bush. Last month Nestle reported double-digit growth in shares of infant formula in Asia, Oceana, and Afric, and that market share was up on a global basis.