Name: Carm DaSilva
I’ve had a very interesting and diverse career at Nestlé. Straight after University, I started working in administration at the Sterling Road Factory in Toronto, where Nestlé confectionery products like Smarties and Kit Kat are made. I progressed to a team leader in manufacturing but knew I wanted to understand more about the business. After a few years I had the opportunity to join the marketing team, and since then I’ve never looked back. Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked on building a number of brands, including Turtles, Nescafé, Nestea, Gerber and Häagen-Dazs, to name just a few.
Position: Business Development Director, Beverages
Years with Nestlé: Over 25 years
Since Nestlé is a large, multinational company I’ve had countless opportunities to grow and develop both personally and professionally. I’ve had the chance to work on a global project and meet incredible people from all over the world.
Working in marketing is an exciting challenge. Changes like social media have provided even more opportunities to connect with our consumers, although it also presents more challenges than ever before. Earning consumers’ trust is something I take very seriously, and I believe strongly in our brands’ abilities to deliver, particularly on product quality and safety.
I have to say that overall it’s the people who work at Nestlé that make this such an amazing place to work. I feel the company cares deeply for its people too. One of my favourite things about working here is working with high calibre colleagues who I learn from every day.
When I started, I never imagined I’d be here for over 20 years. And even though I have, it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. I guess it’s true what they say – time flies when you’re having fun!