Alan Jope to replace Paul Polman and CEO of Unilever

- Leadership - Nov 29, 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, the British-Dutch consumer goods company, has announced his resignation.

Paul Polman will resign from the company at the end of 2018 following a decade at the firm.

Alan Jope, President of Unilever’s Personal Care business, will replace Polman as the CEO.

“Paul is an exceptional business leader who has transformed Unilever, making it one of the best-performing companies in its sector, and one of the most admired businesses in the world,” stated Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of Unilever.

“His role in helping to define a new era of responsible capitalism, embodied in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, marks him out as one of the most far-sighted business leaders of his generation.”

“Paul’s vision, drive and performance focus, combined with his commitment to serving the best long-term interests of the company, have materially strengthened Unilever.”


“I congratulate Alan on his appointment and look forward to working with him on the transition,” commented Polman.

“Having worked closely with Alan for many years, I am highly confident that under his leadership, Unilever will prosper long into the future. His appointment demonstrates the strength of Unilever’s succession planning and talent pipeline.”

Jope has led the firm’s Beauty & Personal Care division, the largest unit of Unilever’s units, since 2014.

“It will be a huge privilege to lead Unilever – a truly global company full of talented people, and brilliant brands,” remarked Jope.

“Over the 30 years I have worked at Unilever, I have seen the many ways in which our brands improve people’s lives, positively impacting more than 2 billion citizens every day.”

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