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Former Nestlé China chief to head up hospital ship Africa Mercy

The current chairman of Nestlé China is to become the new managing director of the Africa Mercy, the world's largest civilian hospital ship ...

Mercy Ships announced today that Roland Decorvet, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé China, will be leaving the Nestle’ Group in April to join Mercy Ships as Managing Director of the Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world.
 
Mr Decorvet and his family, originally from Switzerland, will be based onboard the ship starting from May 2014.
 
The Africa Mercy provides free medical care on and off ship to thousands of patients suffering from a variety of curable medical conditions in West and Central Africa.

The ship, which is operated and staffed by volunteers, is currently harboured in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo.
 
As Managing Director and volunteer, Mr Decorvet will oversee all aspects of the ship’s operations and the projects in the field. A seasoned international business executive, Mr. Decorvet has spent the last 23 years with Nestlé and  has been Chairman and CEO of Nestlé China since 2011. He previously served as CEO of Nestlé Switzerland and CEO of Nestlé Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
In 2013, he was named Businessman of the Year at the China Financial Leaders Annual Conference.
 
Mr Decorvet has been a member of the Mercy Ships Switzerland board since 2008 and on the Mercy Ships International board since 2011.
 
He said: “It is a privilege to be able to join the crew of the Africa Mercy. My family and I are humbled by the organisation’s work, which represents our Christian values and are extremely excited about the opportunity to contribute.
 
“We look forward to working with the 400 dedicated volunteers of the Africa Mercy and the courageous patients it serves.”
 
Don Stephens, Founder and President of Mercy Ships said: “We are very fortunate to have the benefit of Roland’s leadership and management skills, along with his enthusiastic commitment to service, on our senior team.
 
“The Africa Mercy is a vibrant community with staff from over 35 countries that will embrace Roland and his family as they make this transition.”
 

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