13 Aug '11, 9pm

(TODAY) The reinventor

On first meeting Mr Valerio Nannini, it is easy to think of him as a "typical" Italian, if there is such a thing. The managing director of Nestle Singapore embodies many admirable aspects of Italian style: He is tanned, suave, charming, well-heeled, impeccably turned out and stylishly attired, with just the right amount of devil-may-care attitude. At the same time, he is warm and assertive when introductions are made, he sets everyone at ease while simultaneously commanding attention. But as we settle into the Astor Bar at The St Regis Singapore for this interview, it soon becomes apparent that Mr Nannini defies stereotype. For a start, he studied chemistry at university in his historical and picturesque hometown of Florence, Italy, although he spent some of his early years in England where his father owned restaurants. Not a typical background for a corporate leader. A ho...

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