R&D head ranked in prestigious poll

Chief R&D Officer Geneviève Berger features in Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

R&D head in prestigious poll

Unilever’s Chief R&D Officer Geneviève Berger has been ranked at number 30 in the international edition of Fortune magazine’s prestigious list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

“It’s good to see more women from D&E markets featured this year – as well as more women from my own field: R&D and innovation,” says Geneviève, who first joined Unilever as a non-executive director in 2007.

“R&D has traditionally been a male-dominated discipline, but that’s starting to change. Innovation is becoming a bigger contributor to growth than ever before. Its profile is on the rise – and with it the visibility of female researchers and innovators.”

“This is also recognition for Unilever,” Geneviève adds. “Being a Board member I know from first-hand experience how deeply rooted the company’s ethical commitments are.

“The way the company is applying its principles across such a broad range of products and geographies is fascinating. And all this is underpinned by a strong R&D base, which I have the pleasure of leading.”

Geneviève’s career highlights

  • Three doctorates – in medicine, human biology and physics
  • 1996: Professor of Medicine at Pierre and Marie Curie University in France
  • 1998–2000: Director of the Bio-engineering, Drugs and Agri-Food Department at the French Ministry of Education, Research and Technology
  • 2000: Appointed Head of the Technology Directorate, French Ministry of Research
  • 2000–2003: Director-General of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) – one of the world’s biggest research organisations
  • 2003–2008: Professor and Hospital Practitioner at La Pitié-Salpetrière Teaching Hospital, France
  • 2007–2008: Non-Executive Director, Unilever
  • 2008: Chief R&D Officer, Unilever
  • 2010: Non-Executive Director, Smith and Nephew
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