Kim Jeffery

Industry Advisor

Kim Jeffery, formerly the Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, brings 45 years of consumer products experience in the areas of sales, marketing, M&A, manufacturing, logistics, sustainability, and finance to our firm and our portfolio companies. After beginning his career at Kraft Foods and joining PepsiCo, Kim joined The Perrier Group of America in 1978, starting as a Division Manager and working his way through the ranks to President and CEO in 1992 when Nestle purchased the company’s global holdings. Kim successfully managed the journey from entrepreneurial startup to mature multi-billion dollar market leader by focusing on organizational development and utilizing a values-based leadership model, which created a high performance culture. During his tenure as CEO, Nestlé Waters grew from $650 million in revenue with a 24% market share to $4.7 billion in sales and a 40% market share to become the leading bottled water company in North America as well as the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company in the U.S. At the time of his retirement in 2014, Nestlé Waters’ sales had grown to $4.7 billion and employed 8,000 people. Kim currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Sprout, and on the Board of Directors of VitaCup, Full Swing Golf, Kendall Jackson Family Wines, Pratt/Visy Industries of Melbourne, Australia, Carbonlite Industries, and Stew Leonard’s Markets. He also serves on the boards of Keep America Beautiful, The Connecticut Council for Education Reform, the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, CT, and on the Leadership Council of Americares. He is also an honorary board member of Kids In Crisis, based in Greenwich, and co-chaired the capital campaign to raise $8 million to unite the nursery shelter and the teen shelter in the same location. Kim previously served on the Board of Contigo, a North Castle portfolio company.

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