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

Paul Polman – Chief Executive Officer at Unilever

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 Huet

Jean-Marc Huët - Chief Financial Officer

Jean-Marc Huët joined Unilever in February 2010 as Chief Financial Officer.

Douglas Anderson Baillie

Douglas Anderson Baillie – Chief HR 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.

Professor Geneviève Berger

Professor Geneviève Berger – Chief Research & Development Officer

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

Kevin Havelock – President, Refreshment

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 - Chief Category R&D Officer

David Blanchard

David was appointed Chief R&D Officer in April 2014 and has been member of the Unilever Leadership Executive since January 2013. He joined Unilever in 1986 and has been holding a variety of senior roles across marketing, supply chain, general management and R&D.

Alan Jope

Alan Jope – President, North Asia

Alan Jope was appointed President of Unilever’s Personal Care business in September 2014.

Kees Kruythoff

Kees Kruythoff – President, North America

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

Dave Lewis - President, Personal Care

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

Harish Manwani – Chief Operating Officer

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.

Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe

Nitin Paranjpe was appointed President of Unilever's Home Care business on 1st Oct 2013. He joined the company in 1987 and has worked on various senior roles, most recent being the Executive Vice President for South Asia cluster.

Antoine de Saint Affrique

Antoine de Saint-Affrique – President, Foods

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

Pier Luigi Sigismondi - Chief Supply Chain Officer

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 Chief Legal Officer

Ritva Sotamaa - Chief Legal Officer

Ritva Sotamaa joined Unilever in February 2013 as the Chief Legal Officer.

Keith Weed

Keith Weed - Chief Marketing & Communication 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

Jan Zijderveld - President, Europe

Jan Zijderveld joined Unilever in 1987, moving through a variety of roles in Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.