Nestle Waters is to get a new chief executive next year. Current CEO Frits van Dijk will take over as head of Nestle's Asia, Oceania and Africa region when Michael Garrett retires, Nestle said yesterday (27 September).

Garrett has been with Nestle for 44 years.

Van Dijk has been head of the waters business since 1999 and joined Nestle's executive board in 2002. His position will be taken by Carlo Donati, who has been with the company since 1973, Nestle said.

Nestle Waters is currently in talks with workers at its Perrier unit, where the threat of selling the water brand still looms.