Alexander Collot d'Escury is CEO of Desso, a global carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches company. He was appointed CEO in October 2012 after five years serving as Desso's Chief Commercial Officer.
He began his career working for Sara Lee with a focus on the Dutch coffee brand Douwe Egberts before moving to Nestlé, where he gained 13 years of valuable international management experience.
As Regional Director of Nestlé Purina Petcare in Central Europe, Alexander was posted to Budapest (2006-07). Immediately prior to that, he worked in Switzerland as part of Nestlé's European management team responsible for Beverages, Confectionery and a number of Country Markets (2005-2006). He also worked as the General Manager of Nestlé Food Services in the Netherlands (2002-2005) and held various marketing and sales leadership roles in the Netherlands, Spain and the Czech Republic.
Alexander is also a board member of both the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and the PAN Foundation, a modern day art fair based in Amsterdam. In addition, Alexander serves on the Advisory Board of the Hogere Hotelschool, the hotel management school based in Maastricht.
Alexander graduated from the University of Rotterdam (Master of Law) and IMD, Lausanne (PED). He is married with three children.