Unilever UK & Ireland announces changes to its board

Unilever, the consumer goods company with the ambition to make sustainable living commonplace, has today announced a series of changes to its UK & Ireland board.

From July, Graeme Pitkethly will become the new Chairman, succeeding Amanda Sourry who is moving on to be the Executive Vice President, Global Hair Category, after more than four years in post.

Graeme has worked at Unilever for 12 years, most recently as Senior Vice President (SVP) Finance - Global Markets. In his new role as Chairman for the UK & Ireland, Graeme will report to Jan Zijderveld, President - Europe.

Unilever UK & Ireland continues to be a key market for Unilever PLC, as the largest operating company in Europe, and fourth largest in Unilever globally, with market-leading brands in each of its four categories: personal care; home care; foods and refreshment.

Alongside Graeme’s arrival on the UK & Ireland board, several other leadership changes have been announced including:

  • James Simmons, currently Vice President (VP) – Customer Development UK, has been appointed Managing Director of Unilever Greater Caribbean
  • Jill Ross, currently Managing Director and VP Customer Development for Unilever Ireland, will succeed James as VP - Customer Development UK

Graeme Pitkethly, incoming Chairman, Unilever UK & Ireland, said, “Unilever has performed very strongly in the UK & Ireland under Amanda’s leadership during a sea change in the grocery industry. We say thanks, and wish both Amanda and James every success in their new roles. It’s a hugely exciting time for me to take the helm and I look forward to working with our outstanding Unilever UK & Ireland team to drive sustainable, brand-led growth in the marketplace through strong customer partnerships.”


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.co.uk.

Katya Bridges - UK and Ireland Media Relations Manager

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