Nick Johnson appointed head of Unilever Ireland

Nick Johnson has been appointed Managing Director and Vice President (VP) Customer Development for Unilever Ireland, succeeding Jill Ross in the leadership role. Nick has held various senior posts since joining Unilever in 2011, most recently as Shopper Marketing and Category Management Director with Unilever UK, and will take up the new role in Ireland in July.

Based in Unilever Ireland’s head office in Citywest, Nick will lead the company’s Irish sales and marketing team to ensure that Irish customers receive quality Unilever products at affordable prices. He will be responsible for Unilever’s business development in Ireland, working in close partnership with the company’s retail and wholesale customers.

Nick joined Unilever UK Limited in January 2011 as Business Operations Director within Customer Development. He then assumed role of Category Management & Business Operations Director in July 2011. In October 2013, he took on leadership of Unilever’s Shopper Marketing function whilst retaining the category management function. Before joining Unilever, Nick held various senior positions in a number of global FMCG companies including Birds Eye, Procter & Gamble, Gillette and JTI/Gallaher.

Unilever is one of the largest FMCG companies in Ireland. Primarily engaged with the marketing and distribution of food, home care and personal care products, its portfolio includes iconic brands such as: HB ice cream, Lyons Tea, Knorr, Flora, Hellmann’s, Dove, Lynx, Persil and Cif.

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About Unilever:

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. We work with 174,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of €49.8 billion in 2013. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (57% in 2013). 

Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands, 14 of which - Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Surf, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s ice cream, Lux, Flora / Becel, Rama / Blue Band, Magnum and Axe / Lynx - now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined nine commitments, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. Unilever has been named sector leader of the CDP’s Forests programme for three consecutive years, and in 2014 led the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan/SustainAbility annual survey - for the fourth year running. Unilever was named LinkedIn’s third most sought-after employer worldwide in 2013.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.ie.

Ciara Kennedy at Wilson Hartnell

01 669 0030
087 2202850

ciara.kennedy@ogilvy.com

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