Reuters reports that Nestle’s senior management has become more immersed in daily operations in response to Covid-19. Chief executive Mark Schneider says it’s because the senior team must deal with safety and business continuity issues.
With its 291,000 employees and sales in 187 countries, Nestle has so far weathered the pandemic relatively well as consumers stocked up on packaged foods during lockdowns, but the unexpected situation changed the priorities of its top executives.
“From the moment the crisis evolved from a China-only situation to an international crisis, we formed a crisis committee which I chair,” Mark Schneider said on the sidelines of an event at a Nestle dairy research centre near Bern on Monday.
“Management style of everyone in senior management, me included, has become so much more operational as you deal with more operational matters trying to ensure safety and business continuity,” Schneider said, adding the committee was now meeting only once a week, versus twice at the beginning of the crisis.