Carlos Represas worked for Nestlé for a period of 42 years (1968-2010) in seven different countries (USA, Brazil, Spain, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, and Switzerland). From 1994 to 2004 he was Executive Vice-President – Head of the Americas for Nestlé S.A., based in Switzerland. He was also Chairman of the Board of Nestlé Holdings, Inc., in the USA and he Co-Chaired different joint ventures for Nestlé (Beverage Partners Worldwide, S.A. with Coca-Cola; and Dairy Partners Americas with Fonterra Co-operative Group of New Zealand), including serving as a member of the board of Cereal Partners Worldwide, S.A., Nestlé’s joint venture with General Mills. In 2004, he retired from his executive responsibilities at Nestlé and remained as Chairman of the Board of Nestlé Group Mexico, a position he held for 27 years (1983-2010). Carlos is an Economist from the National University of Mexico (1963-1967) and has attended different post-graduate programs at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico, at IMD in Switzerland, and at Harvard University.
Carlos serves on the Boards of Directors of Bombardier, Inc. (since 2004), Merck & Co., Inc. (2009-2017), Swiss Re Group (2010-2017), and Swiss Re America Holding (since 2010). He has been appointed Chairman Latin America Bombardier Inc. (2011), Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bombardier Mexico (since 2007), Trustee of the National Health Institute of Genomic Medicine in Mexico (President from 2004-2012), President of the Mexico Chapter of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Zurich, Switzerland (since 2004), Board Member of the Mexican Health Foundation (since 1985) (Vice-President from 2011 to 2014), member of the Latin America Business Council (CEAL) (since 2004). He was also a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard School of Public Health from 2011 to 2013. Carlos also served on the Board of Directors of Vitro in Monterrey, Mexico (1998-2008), and Chairman of the Center of Economic Studies for the Private Sector (CEESP), in Mexico (1990-1994). He has been decorated by the Governments of Venezuela (1982 and 1986), Brazil (2000), Ecuador (2002), and Chile (2003).
He received a Doctor Honoris Causa Degree from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1998, and also from the Mexican Academy of International Law in 2001. He received the Gordon Grand Fellow Award from Yale University in 1995.