Dame Fiona Kendrick has decided to stand down as the chairperson of of Nestlé UK and Ireland at the end of 2018, the company announced.
Kendrick will be leaving the company after serving it for nearly four decades in various roles in the UK and overseas.
A former teacher, she joined Nestlé in 1980 and has risen through the ranks to become its chairperson in 2012. She was CEO of the business between 2012 and 2017.
She was also President of the Food and Drink Federation between 2015 and 2016.
Kendrick was recognised with her damehood in the 2015 New Year’s honours list for services to the food and drink industry and skills development. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of York.
Kendrick said: “I have had an amazing career over the past 40 years and worked with extraordinary people who share my passion for the food and drink industry. Now it is time for me to do something else while maintaining my interest in skills and young people. For me, the future is about continuing to be involved in the things I love while finding more time to enjoy my wonderful family and, in particular, my beautiful grandsons.”
She will continue to sit on the Food and Drink Sector Council. She also plans to continue chairing a new University for engineers in Hereford, remain on the Institute of Apprenticeships board and work on the Advisory Council for PWC.
Marco Settembri, CEO, Nestle Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: “On behalf of everybody at Nestlé, I thank Dame Fiona for her tireless work and vision throughout a wonderful career and wish her very well for the future.”