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Wednesday 03 March, 2010

Unilever PLC


RNS Number : 0530I
Unilever PLC
03 March 2010



Unilever today announced that Leon Brittan, Wim Dik and Narayana Murthy will be retiring from the Board at the Annual General Meetings in May this year.


Unilever is proposing that The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP join the Board as a new Non-Executive Director.  He will be proposed for election to the Board at the Annual General Meetings in Rotterdam on 11 May and in London on 12 May 2010. 


Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever, said: "I am very pleased that Sir Malcolm Rifkind has agreed to be proposed to join the Board. With his broad background in international affairs he will be a valuable addition to the Board."


As announced on 16 December 2009, Unilever is also proposing that Jean-Marc Huët be appointed as an Executive Director at the Annual General Meetings in Rotterdam on 11 May and in London on 12 May 2010. Jean-Marc was appointed Chief Financial Officer in February 2010.


Unilever requires all Directors to offer themselves for re-election at the Annual General Meetings each year. The following Directors will therefore be offering themselves for re-election: Louise Fresco, Ann Fudge, Charles Golden, Byron Grote, Hixonia Nyasulu, Paul Polman, Kees Storm, Michael Treschow, Jeroen van der Veer and Paul Walsh.


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The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP
Nationality: British. Age: 63.
Sir Malcolm is a Member of Parliament for Kensington and Chelsea. In 1979 he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, being promoted to Minister of State in 1983. Sir Malcolm was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985, and became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence, and from 1995-97 was Foreign Secretary. In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. Sir Malcolm is a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management plc, Adam Smith International and Continental Farmers' Group Ltd. He is also on the Advisory Board of LEK Partnership.


Jean-Marc Huët

Nationality: Dutch. Age: 40.

Jean-Marc joined Goldman Sachs International in 1993 as an Analyst before becoming an Associate in the Investment Banking Division. In 1999 he became Executive Director of Investment Banking Services. Jean-Marc joined Royal Numico N.V. as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board in 2003. In 2007 he took up the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, which he held until 2009.




About Unilever

Unilever works to create a better future every day.  We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands including thirteen €1 billion brands, and global leadership in many categories in which we operate. The portfolio features iconic brands such as: Knorr, Hellmann's, Lipton, Dove, Axe/Lynx, Omo/Persil and Cif. We have around 174,000 employees in approaching 100 countries, and generated annual sales of €40 billion in 2009.  For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit






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