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Kenneth W Bentley, VP Nestlé Community Affairs

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Kenneth W. Bentley is Vice President of Nestlé USA, Inc. In his position he is responsible for Community Affairs, Educational Programs, the Nestlé USA Foundation and Workforce Diversity.
Bentley is a native of Los Angeles, having been Crenshaw High’s first student body president and All-City athlete and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.  He received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Irvine and Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.  In 1988 the trustees of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee awarded Bentley an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities.  He also completed the University of Michigan Executive Management Program.
Bentley began his business career as a sales representative for Xerox Corporation in 1973.  Since that time he has been a tennis specialist for Spaulding Sporting Goods, an area marketing manager for Anheuser-Busch and a senior public relations account executive for the Phillips Organization before joining Carnation (a division of Nestlé) as an assistant manager of community relations in 1982.  He was promoted to community relations manager in 1983, ethnic marketing manager in 1990, director of community affairs in 1991 and vice president of community affairs in 1994.