Tim Brown, president and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters North America since 2013, will be the keynote speaker for St. Bonaventure University’s 155th Commencement ceremony May 17.
A 1985 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Brown has worked for the Nestlé corporation since 1988. From 2010 through 2012, Brown was president and CEO of Nestlé Canada.
“Tim is an outstanding choice,” said Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M., founder of Mt. Irenaeus and chaplain to SBU’s National Alumni Association Board. “I’ve known Tim since he was a student leader on our campus, and I find him to be a very credible voice for our Franciscan heritage. Tim understands and articulates well the most human and personal aspects of being a Franciscan.”
A longtime supporter of Mt. Irenaeus, the Franciscan mountain sanctuary 20 miles from campus, Brown often works with young Nestlé executives to help them integrate their personal values into their professional lives, Fr. Dan said.
“I’ve worked beside him as he’s had these conversations with executives,” Fr. Dan said. “He brings so much energy to his professional life, and he’s genuinely interested in supporting men and women in their personal growth. I think our students will love him.”
Under Brown’s leadership, Nestlé Waters achieved significant market share growth to earn the No. 1 position in the bottled water category across U.S. and Canada.
Nestlé Waters North America is a natural resource company, producing mostly bottled waters sourced from natural springs. The company’s 14 well-known brands include Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Perrier and S. Pellegrino, as well as, Nestlé Pure Life and Nestea, comprising a $4 billion business.
A Western New York native, Brown is a 1981 graduate of Williamsville East High School.
During Commencement, Brown will receive one of three honorary degrees to be presented by the university.
Also being honored are Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M., a former University trustee who served as provincial minister of Holy Name Province from 2005 to 2014; and Sandra Arcara Richter, an Olean native and St. Bonaventure alumnae whose philanthropy laid the groundwork to build the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center.
A complete schedule of St. Bonaventure’s Commencement Weekend events is available here.
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