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Alan Jope

Alan Jope Chief Executive Officer

Alan Jope was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever in January 2019 and will be proposed to be appointed as an Executive Director at the AGMs in May 2019.

David Blanchard

David Blanchard Chief R&D Officer

David was appointed Chief R&D Officer in April 2014 and has been a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive since January 2013.

Kees Kruythoff

Kees Kruythoff President, Home Care

Kees was appointed President of Unilever’s Home Care business in January 2018 and has been a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive since November 2011.

Leena Nair

Leena Nair Chief HR Officer

Leena was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive in March 2016.

Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe President, Foods and Refreshment

Nitin was appointed as President of the Foods & Refreshment Division per 1st January 2018. In this role he is responsible for growing Unilever’s Ice Cream, Tea and Foods categories, including Unilever Food Solutions.

Ritva Sotamaa

Ritva Sotamaa Chief Legal Officer & Group Secretary

Ritva Sotamaa joined Unilever in 2013 as Chief Legal Officer. As member of Unilever’s Leadership Executive, she is responsible for Unilever’s Legal, Intellectual Property and Business Integrity functions. In 2018 she was appointed as Group Secretary, in addition to her Chief Legal Officer role.

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