Tim Brown grew up outside Buffalo, New York, and attended St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. He often says his time at university greatly influenced his belief in the importance of truly connecting with people on their levels, in a respectful, open and inspired exchange of ideas. In his commencement address at St. Bonaventure in Spring 2015, Tim explained that now more than ever he sees the real value in what he’s learned about approaching life and working relationships with an open mind, an open heart and ready passion for the job each individual performs. He sees these principles as a big part of his success. Tim recommended the same principles to the graduates that day – along with maintaining the courage to believe in themselves and their abilities to lead.
Tim’s Career Journeys
Tim is the new president and chief operating officer of Chobani, America’s leading Greek yogurt. From his office in New Your City, Tim will oversee Chobani’s operations, sales, marketing, legal and finance teams, reporting to founder and chief executive officer, Hamdi Ulukaya.
As chairman, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America Inc. (NWNA), based in Stamford, Connecticut, Tim oversaw the third-largest nonalcoholic beverage company in the U.S., and a division of Nestlé SA, the world’s leader in nutrition, health and wellness. Under Tim’s leadership, the company boasted an unrivaled portfolio of popular, quality refreshment brands with an emphasis on water as healthy hydration, with $4.3 billion in annual net sales, 7,500 employees, 29 plants and operations in more than 140 communities.
After starting his career at Procter and Gamble, Tim joined NWNA in 1988, known in its early stages as The Perrier Group of America. He spent 27 years with Nestlé in increasingly high-level roles. During his tenure, he was instrumental in transitioning bottled water from a niche product to the number one beverage in America.
In 2010, Tim was appointed to lead Nestlé Canada as president and CEO. He had executive responsibility for Beverages, Confectionary, Frozen Meals and Pizza, Ice Cream, PetCare and Nutrition, leading the growth of such popular brands as Nescafe®, Drumstick®, Kit-Kat®, Lean Cuisine® and Delissio®. Nestlé Canada employs approximately 3,500 people in 21 manufacturing sites, sales offices and distribution centers. Tim’s influence led Nestlé Canada to be recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada in 2012.
Family Adventures and Volunteering
Tim lives in Connecticut, with his wife and two teenage sons. The family shares passions from specialty baking to modern art, volunteering to entertaining and theme park pilgrimages across the country. Tim enjoys family time, travel and golf and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He’s been a volunteer and board member of several nonprofit organizations and was the recipient of the Heart of Gold Award from United Way of Western Connecticut in 2014, for commitment to volunteerism.
Tim serves on the boards of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), the Business Council of Fairfield County, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). He is a former board member of Toronto’s nonprofit Harbourfront Corporation, the Food and Consumer Products Canada & Grocery Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stamford and the ABA.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from St. Bonaventure University, where he was president of his junior and senior class and a member of the rugby team. He completed the U.K. London Leadership Program, the Rive Reine Inspirational Leadership Program and the CA External Venue TTS training program.
SOURCES, INTERESTS & SOUNDS
Online Publications – News
News from The Associated Press
Online Publications – Lifestyle and Sports:
New York Magazine; Esquire; Men’s Health;
Rolling Stone; Toronto Life; ESPN; Bleacher
Politics; The Daily Edition; Life Style; PGA Tour;
Adam Brandenburger & Barry Nalebuff (Co-opetition); John Englander (High
Tide); Marshall John Fisher; Heather M.A. Fraser (Design Worker); Chip and
Dan Heath; Gary Heil, Tom Parker & Rick Tate (Leadership & the Customer
Revolution); Laura Hillenbrand; James M Kilts (Doing What Matters);
Constantinos C Markides (All the Right Moves); William McDonough & Michael
Brangart (Cradle to Cradle); Patrick Moore (Confessions of a Greenpeace
Dropout); Richard Rohr; James Womack (Lean Thinking); Jeffrey A Zink (A
Positive Guide to Values-Based Leadership).