1.1 Basic Information Regarding Nestle
Nestle is the largest food and nutrition company in the world, founded and headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. Nestlé originated in a 1905 merger of Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, established in 1867 by brothers George Page and Charles Page, and Farine Lactée Henri Nestlé, founded in 1866 by Henri Nestlé. The company grew significantly during the First World War and following the Second World War, eventually expanding its offerings beyond its early condensed milk and infant formula products. Today, the company operates in 86 countries around the world and employs nearly 283,000 people.
Nestlé S.A. has set up a new, wholly-owned subsidiary to manage the Group's pension fund assets, which amounted to some CHF 25 billion at the end of 2005. From 1 January 2007, Nestlé Capital Advisers, the new Swiss-based company, will have a strategic advisory role and be a one-stop-shop for any services required by Nestlé pension funds around the world. Nestlé Capital Advisers' CEO will be Jean-Pierre Steiner, who will also continue as Nestlé's corporate pension and risk director. Paul Polman, CFO of Nestlé S.A., will serve as Chairman of the Board.
In addition, Nestlé Capital Advisers has established Nestlé Capital Management, an operational asset management arm based in London, fully authorized and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority. Nestlé Capital Management will start operations from 1 January 2007, with 15 investment managers and a compliance officer. This new Nestlé asset management company will be able to provide cross-border investment and advisory services to any Nestlé pension fund based in Europe or elsewhere. However, each individual Nestlé pension fund will continue to be under the responsibility of the relevant local trustee board.
Nestlé's new, shared-services approach to Group pension fund management aims to lower costs and boost net asset performance while strengthening Nestlé S.A.'s...