Meet The Team

Gerardo Mazzeo

Global Innovation Director

Gerardo heads up the HENRi team, leading our efforts to connect Nestlé stakeholders with innovators and start-ups. In doing so, he hopes to create partnerships that can enhance lives and contribute to a better future.

He has worked at Nestlé in commercial and marketing roles for twenty years, covering categories from pet care and frozen food to confectionery.

Since September 2012 he has led Nestlé’s global innovation activities, helping find new and innovative ways to solve challenges across the business.

Pete Blackshaw

VP Digital and Social Media

Pete drives the digital strategy for hundreds of Nestlé brands, and oversees Nestlé’s Digital Acceleration Team and Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost.

He sees HENRi as the company's flagship global collaboration program, which will serve as a catalyst for speed, transparency and a way to cultivate and build a stronger innovation culture at Nestlé.

He has written widely on business marketing, winning industry accolades including the Great Minds Award from the Advertising Research Foundation. See Pete at Cannes here.

Filippo Catalano

Chief Digital Operations Officer

Filippo leads the digital marketing, consumer and omni-channel technology platforms for Nestlé globally, from innovation to operations. He has worked on open innovation programs and startup partnerships over the course of his 18+ year career in the FMCG industry. 

As part of the HENRi team, Filippo will be instrumental in bringing the best technology capabilities and solutions into the Nestlé landscape, with an emphasis on speed and agility. 

Mark Brodeur

VP Digital Marketing Innovation

Mark has over 20 years’ global management experience in Brand Marketing, Sustainability and CSR and now leads a team responsible for engaging the best and brightest start-ups in Silicon Valley and other innovation hotspots around the world.

At HENRi, he'll use his Silicon Valley Innovation Outpost experience to drive a more effective and rapid “outside in” approach to innovation, using his network of tech partners and start-up contacts to connect Nestlé with innovative solutions.

Goran Kukic

VP Digital Services

Goran leads Nestle’s global Digital Consumer Innovation efforts from the technology perspective, finding innovation partners, start-ups and established tech partners.

His current focus is on novel digital technologies, focusing principally on Digital Marketing and e-Commerce, especially through IoT, voice and AR/VR technologies.

Stephanie Naegeli

Sr. Digital Marketing Innovation Manager

Stephanie’s team identifies new and innovative ways to engage with consumers and develop digitally-enabled services.

Her work forging partnerships with the Silicon Valley community was recognised this year when she was named among Ad Age’s “40 Under 40”. To find out more about Stephanie's views on HENRi, click here.

At HENRi, her role will be to support internal stakeholders by bringing together her exciting start-up contacts and Nestlé's internal stakeholders, creating potentially groundbreaking partnerships.

Christine Koppinger

Digital Marketing Innovation Manager

Christine has 10 years of experience driving digital innovation in retail, fintech, and education, as well as consulting both startups and C-Level executives of Fortune 500 companies, in the areas of open innovation and startup collaboration. 

At HENRi, Christine is focused on digital marketing innovation, working closely with brands, startups, and external partners to develop cutting-edge digital solutions that drive engaging brand experiences.

Josh Baillon

Digital Innovation Manager

Josh comes from a 15-year background in technology consulting, with a focus on enterprise architecture, systems integration, and mobile computing.

Driven by a passion to innovate, Josh is an entrepreneur at heart, and even created an internet-based animation start-up along the way.

At HENRi, Josh will be supporting internal teams and selected startups to help bring pilots to life, at the intersection of marketing and technology.

Max Andaker

Digital Innovation Manager

Max is a digital innovation enthusiast with 8 years of experience from both Digital Marketing and R&D Innovation Management at the Nestlé Health Science business unit. 

In the context of HENRi, he will provide support and expertise for various digital innovation initiatives.