Unilever appoints new chief supply chain officer

Unilever today announced that Pier Luigi Sigismondi is to join as its new chief supply chain officer.

Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, said: "I am extremely pleased that Pier Luigi is joining our top team. He will bring considerable experience to our business and will play a major role in transforming our supply chain into a customer focused operation. His appointment underlines the importance of the supply chain function to our business."

Pier Luigi Sigismondi said: "I am thrilled to have this opportunity to join Unilever at this exciting time in its transformation and I am looking forward enormously to the challenge of building on the changes already made."

Mr Sigismondi, 43, joins Unilever in June and takes on his new responsibilities in September. Mr Sigismondi's previous experience includes Nestlé, AT Kearney, and Booz Allen & Hamilton.


Notes to Editors:

  • Mr Sigismondi, who is an Italian citizen, holds a Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

  • He started his career as an industrial engineer, working for the consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton

  • In 1997, he was hired as Principal and then became Vice President of AT Kearney, in charge of the Operations Practice in Italy

  • In early 2002 he joined Nestlé S.A. as Vice-President of Corporate Industrial Performance

  • In 2005 he moved to Nestlé Mexico as VP of Manufacturing and I&R

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