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Alexander Collot d’Escury
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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.

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It's Our Way of Thinking That Has to Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 2:51 AM

"The biggest barrier is the mindset of reimagining your business," said Kingfisher chief executive Sir Ian Cheshire at the launch of a new World Economic Forum project on the circular economy, Project MainStream . This project sets out to show how the circular economy can be...

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How Smart Business Can Help Solve 'The World's Largest Environmental Risk'

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 5:33 PM

We all knew air pollution was a major killer. But the latest research from the World Health Organization is shocking. It has found that in 2012 alone, 7 million people died as a result of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution, one in eight of total global...

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Clearing the Air

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Last century, London used to be synonymous with smog.

Today, few cities seem to be free of the problem.

Only this month, the authorities in Paris, desperate to deal with dangerous levels of air pollution in the city, tried to restrict the number of cars going in and out....

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Design to Make the World Better Than It Was Before

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Design and innovation are at the heart of the circular economy - a restorative approach to economic activity that could transform our future. Instead of continuing with the linear model - shaped by the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century - in which goods are made from newly extracted finite...

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Circular Economy and Material Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Soon, over half of the world's population will live in cities, driven in part by the emergence of a billion new consumers in emerging economies. Clearly, this offers new business opportunities.

Indeed, the management consultants, McKinsey estimate that by 2030, 5 billion people (60 percent of the world's population) will...

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