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November 30, 2022

Nestlé Romania becomes part of South and Eastern Europe Market with Alessandro Zanelli as Market Head

Nestlé, the world largest food and beverages company, announces the creation of the South and Eastern Europe Market (SEEM) and appoints Alessandro Zanelli as Market Head as of January 1st, 2022. The new market is comprised of Romania, Bulgaria, Adriatics, Ukraine and Moldova. This decision was taken within the framework of Nestle transformational journey and it is an opportunity to gain scale, to drive profitable growth in all the categories while developing people and the five local hubs – Bucharest, Sofia, Zagreb, Belgrade and Kiev. The newly created market will cover around 8,000 people and 5 factories.

„I am very happy and grateful to be part of this transformation journey to expand our strengths, to speed up capturing business opportunities and leverage business scale and geographies. We will transform our Market structure to the format, which will allow us to achieve the most audacious goals, to have the ambitious results and win in every category and across all geographies. Our goal is to make our organization stronger, more agile with strong focus on people and consumers, and continuing our Regenerative journey”, says Alessandro Zanelli, Market Head Nestlé South and Eastern Europe Market.

 Alessandro Zanelli, current Market Head of Nestlé Ukraine & Moldova, will become the Market Head of the newly created Nestlé South and Eastern Europe Market, with direct leadership for Ukraine and Moldova Market, based in Kiev. Alessandro joined Nestlé Group in Italy in 1996 as brand manager and spent more than 20 years in the Petcare business, progressing from Marketing Director Central Europe to Country Business Manager roles in Hungary and subsequently in the Netherlands until his nomination as BEO Nestlé Purina Petcare Eastern Region in 2012, based in Moscow. In 2019, he was appointed Market Head Nestlé Ukraine and Moldova. In this role, Alessandro has demonstrated tremendous resilience and courage, handling multiple challenges and driving very important changes in Ukraine to improve results and in the way the organisation is structured. Alessandro has a positive mindset, the ability to unite the team, great agility and communication skills, as well as his natural people skills. He also has the ability to remain results focused, energetic, resilient, to inspire teams to look for solutions from within, encouraging individuals to take ownership of tasks, monitor progress and coach on specific needs. Alessandro attended London Business School and International Institute for Management Development, and he speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

After Leszek Wacirz’ move to Turkey, the Romanian hub is placed under the leadership of Silvia Sticlea, the first Romanian woman to take over the Country Manager position in Nestlé Romania. Silvia Sticlea joined the company in June 2001, as Brand Manager, being appointed, two years later, Group Brand Manager within the culinary products division. In 2006 she took over a new position at central level, that of Consumer Insight Manager, and in 2009 she took over the position of Marketing Advisor. In 2012, she was appointed Business Manager of the culinary products division at Nestlé Austria, then took on a new role, starting with 2014, as National Key Account Manager in the South-Eastern Europe region. She was then appointed, in 2015, as Business Executive Officer for the Beverages category, Confectionary and Culinary Romania, before taking over the position she currently holds in 2018, successfully coordinating the category in several countries. With extensive experience in the commercial and communication area, Silvia Sticlea is an experienced Business Manger with exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and an increased ability to adapt to complex situations in multiple geographies, within the South and Eastern European market (SEEM), with exceptional leadership skills and a careful orientation towards people and teams.

“This new role that I am taking over is an honor and a great responsibility for me. In the last 20 years within the company, I had the chance to grow and together with my team we were given the opportunity to show that we are an important market in the region and to leave our mark on the evolution of the South-East Market. We will continue to improve Romanians’ lives, as we have been doing in the past 25 years”, says Silvia Sticlea, Country Manager Nestlé Romania.

The appointment of Silvia Sticlea as Country Manager represents a consolidation of the company’s commitment to Romania and to the local team, a team that will thus be made up of 100% Romanian specialists and professionals.


About Nestlé


Nestlé is the largest food and beverage company in the world. It is present in 189 countries around the world, and its 300,000 employees are dedicated to Nestlé’s goal of improving the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and pets, for life. Nestlé’s more than 2,000 brands include iconic names such as Nescafé, Nespresso, Maggi and Nesquik. The company’s performance is supported by the Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, where the company was founded more than 150 years ago.

Nestlé is maintaining the number one position in a ranking of food and beverage manufacturers on making healthy food affordable and accessible to consumers. The Access To Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) Global Index assesses the 25 largest food and beverage manufacturers in the world on their nutrition-related policies, practices and performance. Nestlé’s top position is recognition of its longstanding commitment to nutrition and health as well as its engagement to help tackle the global challenges of obesity and undernutrition.



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