Director of research & development at the Nestlé Product Technology Centre | Class 2001/02
… has changed the way I think.
Stefan Bodenstab has spent 18 years with Nestlé, where his group is responsible for creating innovative products and technologies that will keep the company competitive and sustain its worldwide growth. Before taking on the position as Head of R&D Infant Formula & Infant Cereals at Nestlé Nutrition Global Headquarters in Vevey, Stefan was director of research and development at the Nestlé Product Technology Centre (PTC) in Konolfingen, Switzerland.
Although most of us equate Nestlé with chocolate, the PTC develops manufacturing processes, packaging and engineering enhancements for shelf-stable products such as powdered milks, dietetic specialties and infant and clinical nutrition products.
Stefan began his career at the Nestlé Research Centre in 1991, where he completed the practical part of his Ph.D. before finishing his doctorate at the Technical University in Munich, Germany.
Attracted by the finance and managerial expertise offered at the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Program, Stefan seized the opportunity to complete his MBA which was sponsored by Nestlé. Halfway through the program, Nestlé assigned Stefan to a competitive market study initiative «60/40+» 2001, a consumer research program with the aim to improve products so that 60 out of 100 consumers prefer Nestlé products in a blind test when hiding the brand.
In subsequent assignments as a factory manager and logistics manager in Egypt, Stefan acknowledges that project valuation (CAPEX) and organizational theory as the two skills that he most leveraged from the Simon MBA.
«My MBA studies greatly enhanced my skills in finance and organizational architecture. Further, I found great value in the corporate strategy coursework taught by Professor Filip Caeldries,» notes Stefan and adds «We’ll change the way you think - is not just a slogan, the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA definitely has changed the way I think.»
Inspired by the PowerBar business team, he started running in 2008 when he joined Nestlé Nutrition. Friday «happy hour» at Nestlé Nutrition means running at 4pm.
Interview was held in 2008. In the meantime Dr. Stefan Bodenstab has become the new VP for Innovation & Quality at Hero (Institut for Infant Nutrition).