Executive biographies

Our executive biographies provide additional details about our key personnel across all Unilever's business groups.

Executive directors

Paul PolmanPaul Polman, Chief Executive Officer

2009: Becomes Unilever's Chief Executive Officer and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2008: Executive Director to the Boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V., the first time an external candidate was chosen for the role.
2008: Nestlé S.A. Executive Vice President and Zone Director for the Americas.
2007: Named by Investor Magazine as CFO of the Year.
2006: Chief Financial Officer at Nestlé S.A.
2001: Group President Europe and Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company
1979: Joins Procter & Gamble

Jean-Marc HuetJean-Marc Hüet – Chief Financial Officer

2010: Joined Unilever as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2008: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, New York
2003: Chief Financial Officer and member of Executive Board – Royal Numico N.V., Amsterdam
1999: Executive Director, Investment Banking Services - Goldman Sachs International, London
1993: Analyst, becoming associate, of the Investment Banking division – Goldman Sachs International, London
1991: Commercial Manager, Clement trading Milan, Italy

Non-Executive directors

Michael TreschowMichael Treschow, Chairman

2008: Appointed to the European Advisory Board of Eli Lilly and Company
2007: Appointed Chairman of Unilever and member of Unilever’s Nomination and Remuneration Committees
2004: Chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
2004: Chairman of AB Electrolux
2003: Supervisory Board Member of ABB Ltd.
2002: Board Member of AB Electrolux and Chairman of Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson.
1997: Joined Electrolux as Chief Executive Officer
1996: Chairman of the Swedish Trade Council
1996: Non-Executive board member at Parker-Hannifin Corp
1992: Appointed to Non-Executive Director roles at SKF and Saab
1976: Joined Atlas Copco, rising to Chief Executive
1970: Joined Bahco Ventilation, divisional management roles in Scandinavia and France

Laura M ChaLaura M Cha

2013: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Corporate Responsibility Committee
2011: Independent non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc
2004: Non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
2001 to 2004: Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission
1991 to 2001: Worked in the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong

Louise FrescoProfessor Louise Fresco

2009: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Corporate Responsibility and Reputation Committee
2008: Appointed trustee of the Roosevelt Academy
2006: Supervisory Director of Rabobank
1997 to 2006: Various positions at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including that of Assistant Director-General, Agriculture Department.
1990 to 1997: Professor of Plant Production Systems and Chair of the Department of Agronomy at Wageningen University.

Ann FudgeAnn M. Fudge

2009: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Remuneration Committee
2003 – 2006: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam Brands
2001 - 2003: Non-Executive Director of Marriott International Inc.
1999: Non-Executive Director at General Electric Co
1999: Non-Executive Director at Novartis AG
1993 - 2003: Served on the Board of Honeywell International Inc

Dr Byron E Grote

2006: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Audit Committee Byron Grote
2002: Chief Financial Officer, BP
2000: Chief Executive, BP Chemicals
1999: Executive Vice President, BP Expuation and Production
1995: Group Chief of staff following the merger of BP and Amoco
1995: Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BP Exploration
1992: Regional Chief Executive, BP Columbia
1988: Commercial-Vice President for BP Alaskan production activities
1986: Vice President, Retail Sales at Standard Oil’s mining subsidiary, Kennecott
1979: Joined Standard Oil

Mary MaMary Ma

2013: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Audit Committee
2013: Non-Executive Director of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong
2011: Co-founder and Chairman of Boyu Capital
2009: Independent Director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
2009: Member of the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong
2007: Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Lenovo Board
2002 to 2007: Member of the Dean's Council of the Kennedy School of Harvard University
2000: Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors

Hixonia NyasuluHixonia Nyasulu

2007: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Corporate Responsibility and Reputation Committee
2007: Non-Executive Director Barloworld Ltd
2006: Appointed to South Africa's Banking Enquiry Panel
2004: Founded Ayavuna Women's Investments
2003: Non-Executive Director Anglo Platinum Ltd
2002: Board Member NEDCOR and Non-Executive Director AECI
1997: Participated IMD programme for Board Members Lausanne, Switzerland
1992: Began serving as Non-Executive Director, various blue-chip organisations
1984: Founded T.H. Nyasulu & Associates

malcolm rifkindThe Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP

2010: Became Non-Executive Director of Unilever
2005: Returned to House of Commons as MP
1997: Received a knighthood
1995: Foreign Secretary
1985: Appointed Queen’s Counsel
1983: Minister of State
1979: Junior Minister
1974: Entered UK Parliament
1970: Called to the Scottish Bar

John RishtonJohn Rishton

2013: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Audit Committee
2011: Chief Executive Officer of Rolls Royce Holdings plc
2007: Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce Group and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as member of the company’s Ethics and Nominations Committees
2007 to 2011: Chief Executive Officer and President of Royal Ahold N.V
2006 to 2010: Director of ICA AB
2001 to 2005: Chief Financial Officer and a member of the leadership team of British Airways plc
1999 to 2001: Commercial controller of British Airways

Feike SijbesmaFeike Sijbesma

2014: Non-Executive Director to Unilever
2007: CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Directors of Royal DSM N.V.
2000: Member of Royal DSM’s Managing Board of Directors
1998: Director of DSM Food Specialities following their acquisition by Royal DSM N.V.
1995: Director of Gist-Brocades Food Specialities Division

Kees StormKees J Storm

2004: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and Chairman of Unilever’s Audit Committee
2003: Member of the Board of Baxter International
1993 to 2005: Chairman of the Board of Super de Boer
1993 to 2002: Chairman of the Executive Board of AEGON
1976: Appointed to the Executive Board of Kon Scholten-Honig
1970: Joined Moret & Limperg.

Paul WalshPaul Walsh

2009: Non-Executive Director to Unilever and member of Unilever’s Nomination and Remuneration Committees
2008: Appointed to the Business Council for Britain
2000: Chief Executive Officer of Diageo
2000: Chief Operating Officer of Diageo
1997: Became member of Diageo Board
1995: Appointed to the GrandMet Board
1992: Chief Executive Officer of The Pillsbury Company
1986: Finance Director, GrandMet
1982: Joined GrandMet's brewing division

Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE)

Doug BaillieDouglas Anderson Baillie - Chief HR Officer

2011: Appointed Chief HR Officer
2008: President of Western Europe and joined the Unilever Leadership Executive
2006: CEO, Hindustan Unilever Limited and Group Vice President, South Asia
2005: Group Vice-President - Africa, Middle East & Turkey (AMET)
2004: President, Africa Regional Group
2000: National Manager, Unilever South Africa
1997: Managing Director Lever Pond's South Africa
1994: Vice President, Home and Personal Care for the Africa Business Group
1988: Marketing Director
1978: Joined Unilever South Africa

David Blanchard - Chief Category R&D OfficerDavid Blanchard

2013: Appointed Chief Category R&D Officer and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2009: SVP, Unilever R&D
2007: Chairman of Unilever Canada Inc.
2005: SVP, Marketing Operations Foods Americas
1999-2005: Held various senior roles in R&D and Supply Chain in Foods North America and Foods LATAM
2004: VP, R&D Global Dressings
1996: Director of Product Development for Margarine and Spreads at Van den Bergh Foods (which merged with Lipton in 1997)
1986: Joined Unilever as Development Manager, Spreads

Kevin HavelockKevin Havelock - President, Refreshment

2011: Appointed President of Unilever's Refreshment category and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2009 - 2011: Executive Vice President, Global Ice Cream category
2007 - 2009: Executive Vice President for Unilever North America and Caribbean
1985: Joined Unilever, holding senior leadership positions including Chairman for Unilever UK, Unilever France and Unilever Arabia, and Chairman for Unilever's Beverages business across Europe

Alan JopeAlan Jope - President, North Asia

2014: Appointed President of Unilever's Personal Care business
2011: Appointed President of Unilever's businesses across North Asia and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2009: Chairman of Unilever in Greater China
2000 to 2009: Global Category Leader for several of Unilever's Foods categories, and President of Unilever's Home & Personal Care business in North America
1999 to 2000: Vice President of Marketing, Unilever's Helene Curtis business
1995 to 1998: VP, Personal Care for Unilever Thailand with additional responsibility for Hair Care in Asia Pacific
1985: Joined Unilever

Kees KruythoffKees Kruythoff, President North America

2011: Appointed President Unilever North America and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2008 to 2011: CEO of Unilever Brazil
2004 to 2008: CEO of Unilever Foods
2002: Joined the Board of Unilever Bestfoods in Asia
1990s: Held various senior roles at Unilever in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Nitin Paranjpe - President, Home CareNitin Paranjpe

2013: Appointed President of Unilever's Home Care business and joined the Unilever Leadership Executive 
2008: Chief Executive Officer of Hindustan Unilever Limited, India and Executive Vice President for the South Asia cluster
2006: Executive Director of Home & Personal Care, India
2004: Vice President of Home Care, India
2002: Category Head - Fabric Wash and Regional Brand Director (Asia), Laundry and Household Cleaning
2001: Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Unilever Executive Committee
1999: Member of the Project Millennium Team
1987: Joined Unilever and held various roles including Product Manager for Detergents and Sales head for the Southern Region.

Antoine de Saint AffriqueAntoine de Saint-Affrique - President, Food

2011: Appointed President of Unilever's Food category and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2009 to 2010: Vice President of Unilever's Skin category
2005 to 2009: Vice President for Unilever's Central and Eastern Europe region
2004 - present: Has led the marketing course at Mines ParisTech (Corps des Mines)
2000: Joined Unilever, previously Marketing Vice President and partner at Amora Maille

Pier LuigiPier Luigi Sigismondi - Chief Supply Chain Officer

2009: Joined Unilever as Chief Supply Chain Officer and appointed member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2005: Moved to Nestlé Mexico as Vice President of Supply Chain and R&D
2002: Joined Nestlé S.A. as Vice President of Corporate Operations Strategies
1997: Joined A T Kearney as Principal, later becoming Vice President of Operations in Italy after beginning his career with Booz Allen & Hamilton as an Industrial Engineer

Ritva Sotamaa - Chief Legal OfficerRitva Sotamaa

2013: Joined Unilever as Chief Legal Officer and became a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2009: General Counsel at Siemens AG’s global Healthcare business
2003-2009: General Counsel at General Electric Healthcare in Finland, the US and UK, and General Counsel General Electric Healthcare Systems
1998: as General Counsel Instrumentarium Corporation, Finland
1996-1998: Legal Counsel for Partek Corporation
1989: Legal Counsel for International Business as Instrumentarium Corporation, Finland

Keith Weed - Chief Marketing & Communications OfficerKeith Weed

2010: Appointed Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive
2005: Head of Global Homecare & Hygiene
2001: Executive Chairman, Lever Faberge
1992: Marketing Director, ElidaFaberge France
1983: Marketing role in Elida Gibbs UK
1979: Joined Michelin

Jan ZijderveldJan Zijderveld -President, Europe

2011: Appointed President, Europe and joined the Unilever Leadership Executive
2008: Executive Vice President of Unilever South East Asia and Australasia
2007: Chairman of Unilever's Middle East and North Africa-based businesses
2004: Chairman of Unilever's businesses in Arabia and Iran
2000: Chairman of Unilever's Nordic ice cream business
1997: Marketing Director of Unilever's European Olive Oil business
1992: Various marketing roles with Unilever Netherlands in Rotterdam
1987: Joined Unilever as a Brand Manager

Senior corporate executives

Lysanne GrayLysanne Gray - Chief Auditor

2013: Appointed Chief Auditor
2010: CFO of Unilever’s global foodservice business
2007: Global VP responsible for Performance and Information Management
2003: Appointed Finance Director for Unilever UK Foods business
2000: Joined Unilever as Group Chief Accountant

tonia lovellTonia Lovell - Chief Legal Officer & Group Secretary

2010: Appointed Chief Legal Officer & Group Secretary
2007: General Counsel for Unilever’s businesses in both the UK and Ireland, and became a member of the company's UK/Ireland Leadership Team
2003: Appointed General Counsel for Unilever’s UK business 
1997: Joined the Legal department of Unilever 
1993: Admitted as a Solicitor and a member of the Law Society 

Charles NicholsCharles Nichols - Group Controller

2010: Appointed Group Controller
2009: Group Treasurer 
2008: Appointed Managing Director of Unilever Corporate Ventures 
2004: Vice President Investor Relations 
1999: Became Vice President Finance for Latin America 
1996: Moved to the Netherlands to join Foods Executive 
1984: Joined Unilever, initially with the United Africa Company (UAC) and followed by a series of finance and supply chain roles in Elida Gibbs, the UK Personal Care business