President & Chief Executive Officer
2017 - present
Fernando Mercé joined Nestlé Waters North America on May 1, 2017 as President & Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, Fernando oversees all operations in both the United States and Canada. The company is one of the largest healthy beverage companies in the United States with brands that include Poland Spring®, Perrier® and Nestlé Pure Life®. Nestlé Waters North America has more than 8,000 employees and 27 factories.
Fernando has been a part of the Nestlé organization for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Nestlé Waters North America, Fernando was President of Nestlé Purina, Latin America and Caribbean. In this role, Fernando presided over a sustained period of strong results, including double-digit increases in organic growth, profitability and market share, all while introducing key innovations to the PetCare category.
Fernando started his career with Nestlé in 1992 as an Industrial Engineer. He expanded into marketing and E-Business, becoming Director of Marketing for the Friskies™ Brand and subsequently Global Marketing Director in the PetCare Global Strategic Business Unit. Fernando then spent a short time with the Wrigley Company as Director of Global Innovation, returning to Nestlé as Vice President and Deputy of Zone Americas.
Fernando obtained a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he serves as a corporate board member. He is also a board member for Domus, an organization dedicated to serving more than 1,700 of the Stamford, CT community’s most struggling youth by creating conditions necessary to get them on a path toward health and opportunity.