01 August 2007
UNILEVER ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Unilever today announced that it has appointed James A Lawrence as Chief
Financial Officer in succession to Rudy Markham.
Mr Lawrence, currently Vice Chairman and CFO of General Mills, will join
Unilever on September 1st 2007. Mr Lawrence will take up his duties as CFO
immediately upon joining and will be proposed for election to the Boards of
Unilever NV and PLC no later than the AGMs in May 2008.
Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive, said: 'We are delighted to have attracted
a candidate with Jim's background and level of expertise. He is joining us at
an exciting time when we are engaged on a major programme of renewal, and Jim's
experience and entrepreneurial skills will be of tremendous value'.
Unilever Chairman, Michael Treschow, said: 'I'm pleased to welcome Jim to the
Company and to the Board. Despite having excellent internal candidates we
believe the fresh insights that his external appointment brings will be of
particular value at this time'.
Mr Lawrence, 54, who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in
Economics from Yale University, has been Chief Financial Officer of General
Mills, Inc. since 1998. In 2006 he was additionally appointed Vice Chairman.
Mr Lawrence previously worked at Northwest Airlines as Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that he was President, Pepsi-Cola, Asia
Middle East and Africa.
Earlier in his career he was with Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company.
In 1983 he co-founded LEK Consulting, a business strategy consultancy.
Mr Lawrence currently holds a number of other directorships including at British
Airways plc, Avnet Inc. and Physicians Formula Holdings Inc.
1 August, 2007
Notes to Editors:
• Under Unilever's governance, Board appointments can only be made by
shareholders at a General Meeting.
• Mr Lawrence will be nominated for election by the shareholders to the
Boards of Unilever no later than the Annual General Meetings in May 2008.
Unilever's mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for
nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good,
look good and get more out of life.
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods
with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Its
portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands
including twelve €1 billion brands and global leadership in many categories in
which the company operates. The portfolio features brand icons such as Flora,
Bertolli, Dove, Lux, Pond's, Lynx, Sunsilk, Persil, Cif and Domestos.
Unilever has around 179,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated
annual sales of €40 billion in 2006. For more information about Unilever and
its brands, visit www.unilever.com.
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