Born in 1959 in Egypt, Magdi Batato is a Swiss national. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Thermodynamics (Energetics of the human body) from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He completed the Executive Development Program (PED) of IMD Lausanne and an International Manufacturing course with INSEAD Paris.
Magdi Batato has worked as Assistant Professor and Lecturer at the EPFL and Technicom in Bienne (Switzerland) as well as Project Engineer in an engineering consultancy firm in Lausanne (Bonnard & Gardel), before joining Nestlé in Switzerland in 1991 as Engineer in Industrial Services, Energy & Environment. His factory and production management experiences took him to Germany, Lebanon and South Africa. In Lebanon, Magdi Batato dealt with Nestlé Waters’ main partner who owned at that time the majority of the shares within a joint venture with Nestlé.
In 2004, Magdi Batato was transferred to Malaysia as Executive Director of Production. Nestlé Malaysia being a publicly listed company on the stock exchange of Kuala Lumpur, Magdi Batato has been there a member of the Board of Directors for 5 years.
In 2009, he moved to Nestlé UK & Ireland as Head of Group Technical, overlooking 14 production facilities.
In 2012, Magdi Batato was appointed CEO of Nestlé in Pakistan and Afghanistan, based in Lahore. Nestlé Pakistan being a publicly listed company on the stock exchange of Karachi, Magdi Batato was a member of the Board of Directors for three and half years.
In both his experiences as Board Member in Malaysia and Pakistan, Magdi Batato has dealt with a variety of shareholders, business partners and non-executive directors.
On October 1st, 2015 Magdi Batato returned to Vevey upon his appointment as Executive Vice President, Nestlé S.A., and Head of Operations. As such, he is responsible for Procurement, Nestrade, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Safety & Health, Quality Management, Engineering, Agriculture, Water Resources, as well as Sustainability and Operations Strategies.
In March 2018, he was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg A/S.
As of May 2018, Magdi Batato is a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (Schweizerischen Akademie der Technischen Wissenschaften - SATW).