October 20, 2023

Nestlé Health Science U.S. Appoints Abigail Buckwalter New Chief Executive Officer

HOBOKEN, N.J. (October, 20, 2023) – Nestlé Health Science, a global leader in nutrition and wellness, announced today the appointment of Abigail Buckwalter as Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. business. Buckwalter will report to Anna Mohl, Global Chief Executive Officer for Nestlé Health Science, effective immediately.

Buckwalter succeeds Don Kerrigan, who will be departing Nestlé Health Science to pursue new opportunities. During his tenure, Kerrigan played a key role in laying the foundation for the company's future growth.

In her new role, Buckwalter will be responsible for leading and driving the strategic direction and growth of Nestlé Health Science U.S., with a focus on developing nutrition solutions rooted in science to improve the health of people worldwide.

“Abigail has been an integral leader at Nestlé Health Science since its inception, bringing a depth of experience and expertise to her new role. She has built a proven track record of success, taking on increased leadership responsibilities in strategy and general management roles in Europe, Oceania, and the U.S.” said Mohl. “Her diverse background, people-first leadership style, and entrepreneurial mindset uniquely position her for the U.S. CEO role.”

“I’m honored to lead a company that so strongly values the role science and nutrition must play in improving health and well-being,” said Buckwalter. “Throughout my experience at Nestlé Health Science, I have seen first-hand the positive impact our products can make on people’s lives, only deepening my appreciation and belief in our purpose and potential. I look forward to driving the growth of our organization and building a healthier future for our consumers and patients.”

Buckwalter most recently served as U.S. President of the Active and Medical Nutrition business unit and Global Head of Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation for Nestlé Health Science. Under her leadership, Nestlé Health Science accelerated new product development, geographic expansion, and brand-building initiatives. Buckwalter has led the strategic direction for various brands, including BOOST®, Vital Proteins®, Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, Pure Encapsulations® and Compleat®. 

Prior to joining Nestlé, Buckwalter gained expertise early in her career at marketing and creative firms serving major brands and businesses across CPG, healthcare, non-profit and food service categories. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Healthcare Nutrition Council. Buckwalter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. 

About Nestlé Health Science

Nestlé Health Science, a leader in the science of nutrition, is a globally managed business unit of Nestlé. We are committed to redefining the management of health, offering an extensive portfolio of science-based consumer health, medical nutrition, pharmaceutical therapies, and vitamin and supplement brands. Our extensive research network provides the foundation for products that empower healthier lives through nutrition. Headquartered in Switzerland, we have more than 12,000 employees around the world, with products available in more than 140 countries. For more information, please visit https://www.nestlehealthscience.com.