Prof. Dr. Stefan Palzer, Chief Technology Officer, Nestlé S.A.


Prof. Dr. Stefan Palzer studied food engineering and marketing. He obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and was appointed Professor for Food and Chemical Engineering by the Universities of Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sheffield, and Copenhagen.

Stefan Palzer joined the Nestlé Group in 2000 and held positions of increasing responsibility in R&D. In 2016, he was appointed Head of Nestlé Research in Lausanne.

Stefan Palzer joined the Executive Board of Nestlé S.A. as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in January 2018.

In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of the European Academy of Food Engineering, Vice President of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley as well as Member of the Council of the University of Hohenheim.

Until 2018, Stefan Palzer was Chairman of the Board of the European Master in Food Technology. In 2018, he was conferred the title “Fellow” by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFOST).

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