Nelson Switzer joined Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) in January 2016 as Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, Nelson is responsible for the continued growth and implementation of multi-faceted sustainability strategies and programs. He reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Executive Team. Nelson brings more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors at both the local and international level, specializing in sustainable development and management.
In his current position at NWNA, Nelson focuses primarily on identifying issues and developing solutions to complex environmental, social and governance challenges by facilitating constructive engagement and collaboration. Before joining NWNA, Nelson was Director and Leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC where he designed and led a premium sustainability and stakeholder engagement management advisory practice.
Prior to that, Nelson was an officer at the consulting firm asherleaf where he designed and managed sustainability programs across a wide range of industries. Nelson also has served as Head of Corporate Responsibility at Centrica plc NA, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at the Royal Bank of Canada and has held adjunct positions and executive in residence status at leading universities including the University of Waterloo and Ivey School of Business.
Nelson holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick.