Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE)
The Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE) is responsible for managing profit and loss, and delivering growth across our regions, categories and functions.
Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer since 1st January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.
Jean-Marc Huët joined Unilever in February 2010 as Chief Financial Officer.
Douglas Baillie is a British national, born (1955) and educated in Zimbabwe. Doug graduated from the University of Natal with majors in Business Finance, Marketing and Business Administration and joined Unilever South Africa in 1978.
Geneviève Berger was educated in physics and medicine, and holds three doctorates: a PhD in Physics, a PhD in Human Biology and a Medical Doctorate.
Kevin Havelock was appointed President of Unilever’s Refreshment category, which comprises our ice cream and drinks brands, in September 2011. Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Unilever’s global Ice Cream businesses.
David Blanchard was appointed Chief Category R&D Officer in January 2013. He joined Unilever in 1986, holding a variety of senior roles including most recently SVP, Unilever R&D.
Alan Jope was appointed President of Unilever’s businesses across North Asia in September 2011. The region includes China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
Kees Kruythoff was appointed President of Unilever’s North America cluster in September 2011, after senior roles with the company in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Dave Lewis has had a long career at Unilever, starting in 1987 and moving through different roles in home and personal care in Europe, South America and Asia.
Harish Manwani is an honours graduate from Mumbai University and has a master's degree in management studies. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique was appointed President of Unilever’s Foods category in September 2011. He has worked in roles across Unilever since 2000, most recently as Executive Vice President for Unilever’s world-leading skincare brands.
Pier Luigi Sigismondi was appointed Chief Supply Chain Officer and a member of the Unilever Executive in September 2009. An Italian national, he holds a Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ritva Sotamaa joined Unilever in February 2013 as the Chief Legal Officer.
Keith Weed began his career with Michelin and joined Unilever in 1983, moving on to senior positions in France and the USA and global roles. He holds a first-class degree in engineering from the University of Liverpool.
Jan Zijderveld joined Unilever in 1987, moving through a variety of roles in Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.