Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 10th 2016 Contents I work for a company that has fan-
tastic brands and people, and which
operates by principles that are in accord
with my personal beliefs. That inspires
What are some of your more mem-
orable experiences, outside of work
so far in T&T?
This is a very beautiful country and
I have really enjoyed discovering the
natural beauty of the two islands. High-
lights for me have been seeing the Scar-
let Ibis in flight at the Caroni Bird Sanc-
tuary, the beaches of the North Coast
and diving in Tobago.
What daily motto/credo do you live
by and in a few words, your recipe for
Never give up.
Describe yourself in two words, one
beginning with M, the other with B
Motivated and Brave.
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cultural development. In the area
of nutrition, for example, Nestlé
partners with consumers to help
them live a healthy lifestyle, not
just by producing nutritious prod-
ucts but by educating customers
about wellness---that includes proj-
ects like our Healthy Kids Pro-
gramme, the Nestlé Wellness Car-
avan and our Summer Camps.
On the environment front,
Nestlé is a Caribbean leader in
recycling, reduction of waste and
waste water management. In the
case of the dairy industry, Nestlé
has invested millions of dollars in
growing and improving the indus-
try through our Dairy Development
Programme which helps farmers
improve productivity, save money
and create sustainable operations.
Describe your management
I try to lead by example. I think
I challenge our team to exceed their
own expectations of themselves.
And I try to be mindful of cultural
What are the main reasons for
I value and respect people---my
team, my customers, my peers. I
try to grow my employees and I
have a lot of faith in and respect
for their capacity. And I am always,
always curious! I want to learn
more about everything.
Who have inspired you in your
life and how?
Marco Polo. An Italian mer-
chant, early businessman, discov-
ering a new world, open to new
cultures and discovery.
What do you feel are the great-
est accomplishments of your
career thus far?
Hungary where we engineered the
transformation and total turn-
around of Nestlé Waters Hungary
almost from scratch. And I m
extremely proud of a fantastic sus-
tainability project we did at Nestlé
Waters, where we built a US$7
million waste recycling facility that
was then able to fulfill 70 per cent
of the factory s electricity needs
and 100 per cent of heat. It s a
cold country, you know!
What led you to join Nestlé?
I worked for a water business
which was purchased by Nestlé.
They asked me to come and man-
age it for them. That was 18 years
ago and I have been very happy
with my decision ever since!
What are the main trends in
your industry right now?
Most definitely a key trend is
the growing importance to the
consumer of health and wellness.
The consumer is demanding
What are the biggest opportu-
nities for you in your industry?
The opportunity is for product
and brand innovation that is in-
line with consumers changing
demands. For instance, Nestlé T&T
recently introduced ORCHARD®
Calorie Conscious to satisfy the
needs of consumers who want to
live a healthier lifestyle through
weight management and for those
consumers who are diabetic and
need to control their sugar intake.
In fact Nestlé was the first com-
pany in the world to make a formal
pledge to reduce sugar, salt and
trans fat in all of our products.
Internationally, in just ten years,
we ve reduced the sugar content
of our products by more than 30
per cent and between 2005 and
2011 we ve reduced salt used in
our recipes by 14,500 tons. We are
innovating to meet an opportunity
based on the consumer s desire to
What is the biggest risk to your
Short answer, the economic
Tell us about your inspiration
to do the type of work you do.
Nestlé's head leading by example
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In this 2015 photo country manager at Nestlé T&T Limited Michel Beneventi, seated left, and UTT president
Prof Dyer Narinesingh sign an MOU with Nestlé human resource manager Kristin Ramlogan and Tertiary
Education Fazal Karim at the Grand Riviere, Courtyard Marriott in Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Michel Beneventi at Nestlé's 5k.
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