Unilever headquartersUnilever headquarters, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 17 Jul 2018

LONDON — Marijn Dekkers is stepping down as chairman of the board of Unilever with immediate effect and will be replaced by Nils Andersen, a non-executive director of the consumer goods giant.

Parent of brands ranging from Dove and Vaseline to Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever said Wednesday that Dekkers, who was named chairman in April 2016, is leaving the role in order to focus on “his growing responsibilities” as founder and chairman of Novalis LifeSciences, the investment and advisory firm.

He will continue to serve as a non-executive director of Unilever.

“I am very proud of the work we continue to do as a truly purpose-driven company,” Dekkers said. “My decision to step down has been a difficult one to make, but I look forward to seeing Unilever go from strength to strength under Nils as chairman.”

Andersen has served on the Unilever board since April 2015 and is a member of the audit committee. He was previously group chief executive officer of A.P. Moller — Maersk A/S from 2007 to 2016 and president and ceo of Carlsberg A/S and Carlsberg Breweries A/S from 2001 to 2007.

He will step down from the audit committee and be appointed as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee, and as a member of the compensation committee. Dekkers will remain as a member of the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee.

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