The 69-year-old Austrian is also chairman of
motor racing business Formula One.
The Vevey-based firm said the board of directors had been
informed of Brabeck-Letmathe's illness on Thursday. A spokesman
declined to give further details on what the illness was.
"This does not affect Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe's ability to carry
out his role as chairman of the Nestle Board of Directors and he
will continue to fully exercise his duties during the treatment
period," Nestle said.
Brabeck-Letmathe served as chief executive of the maker of
KitKat chocolate bars and Nespresso portioned coffee from 1997
He said in a newspaper interview published last week that he
would step down as chairman in 2017.
A keen climber and skier, Brabeck has also campaigned to goad
world leaders into action to try to avert a looming crisis over
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; editing by Anthony Barker)
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