Unilever has announced changes to its organizational model to revolve around five distinct business groups including Beauty and Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream.
The five business groups will be supported by Unilever Business Operations to provide the technology, systems and processes to drive operational success across the business. A lean Unilever Corporate Centre will continue to set Unilever’s overall strategy.
As a result of the new set-up, changes to the leadership team are also being made, effective April 1, 2022.
- Fernando Fernandez, EVP of Latin America, has been appointed president of Beauty & Wellbeing, which includes Hair Care, Skin Care, as well as Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements and Unilever Prestige.
- Fabian Garcia, president of North America, has been appointed president of Personal Care, responsible for Skin Cleansing, Deodorants and Oral Care.
- Peter ter Kulve will continue in his role as president of Home Care, responsible for Fabric Care, Home and Hygiene and Water and Air.
- Hanneke Faber, president of Foods and Refreshment, has been appointed president of Nutrition, which will be home to Scratch Cooking, Healthy Snacking, Functional Nutrition, Plant-Based Meat and Food Solutions.
- Matt Close, EVP of Ice Cream, has been appointed president of Ice Cream.
- Nitin Paranjpe, chief operating officer, will take on a new role as chief transformation officer and chief people officer, leading the business transformation, and heading the HR function.
- Reginaldo Ecclissato, chief supply chain officer, will lead the supply chain and Unilever Business Operations as chief business operations officer.
Sunny Jain, president of Beauty & Personal Care, has decided to leave Unilever to set up an investment fund in technology megatrends. Other members of the Unilever Leadership Executive will remain in their roles, including Sanjiv Mehta, who will retain executive leadership of Hindustan Unilever.
Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever, explains, “Our new organizational model has been developed over the last year and is designed to continue the step-up we are seeing in the performance of our business. Moving to five category-focused business groups will enable us to be more responsive to consumer and channel trends, with crystal-clear accountability for delivery. Growth remains our top priority and these changes will underpin our pursuit of this.”