Mercy Ships announced this week that Roland Decorvet, chairman and CEO of Nestlé China, will be joining Mercy Ships as managing director of the Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world.
Decorvet and his family, originally from Switzerland, will be based onboard the ship at the beginning of May. In order to assume his new position, Decorvet will be leaving the Nestlé Group, effective at the end of April.
The ship, operated and staffed by volunteers, is harbored in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. As managing director and volunteer, Decorvet will oversee all aspects of the ship’s operations and the projects on the field.
A seasoned international business executive, Decorvet has spent 23 years with Nestlé.
He has been chairman and CEO of Nestlé China since 2011. Earlier in his career, he served as CEO of Nestlé Switzerland and CEO of Nestlé Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2013, he was named “Businessman of the Year” at the China Financial Leaders Annual Conference. Decorvet has been a member of the Mercy Ships Switzerland board since 2008 and on the Mercy Ships International board since 2011.
“It is a privilege to be able to join the crew of the Africa Mercy,” Decorvet said in the written release. “My family and I are humbled by the organization’s work, which represents our Christian values, and extremely excited about the opportunity to contribute. We look forward to working with the 400 dedicated volunteers of the Africa Mercy and the courageous patients it serves.”
The Africa Mercy provides free medical care on and off ship to thousands of patients suffering from a variety of curable medical conditions in West and Central Africa.
“We are very fortunate to have the benefit of Roland’s leadership and management skills, along with his enthusiastic commitment to service, on our senior team,” said Don Stephens, founder and president of Mercy Ships. “The Africa Mercy is a vibrant community with staff from over 35 countries that will embrace Roland and his family as they make this transition.”