New MD for Nestlé confectionery business in UK and Ireland

New MD for Nestlé confectionery business in UK and Ireland
Mark Davies is the new Managing Director of Nestlé confectionery business in UK and Ireland. Source: Nestlé

Nestlé has appointed Mark Davies as the new Managing Director of its confectionery business in the UK and Ireland, effective from 1st March. He replaces Richard Watson, who was recently announced as market CEO.

In his new role, Mark will be responsible for leading the confectionery business as it looks to consolidate its recent growth, increasing market share while driving value for consumers, customers and suppliers.

He joined Nestlé in 1991 and has more than 30 years of FMCG experience, heading up large businesses and leading major acquisitions and the integration and transformation of joint ventures. He has worked in various European countries, as well as the Middle East and the Greater China region.


In his most recent position as Vice President Nestec Ltd in Switzerland, Mark was responsible for the strategic direction of Nestlé’s global confectionery business, with his remit encompassing capital investment, acquisitions, and research and development. He was part of the team who designed, built and led the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, the company’s initiative to create shared value in the cocoa supply chain, from farmers to consumers.

Speaking about his new role, Mark said: “To be taking the reins at Nestlé UK&I’s confectionery business, where I started as a graduate three decades ago, is something truly special.

“Many of Nestlé’s biggest and best-loved confectionery brands were created right here in the UK, including KitKat, Aero, Quality Street and After Eight.

“My focus will be on prioritising our sustainability commitments while ensuring that we continue to innovate, keeping our brands fresh and relevant and providing great value for the millions of people who enjoy our products every day.”