LONDON — Unilever has made changes to top management, although chief executive officer Alan Jope’s successor in the key Beauty and Personal Care division has yet to be named.
Unilever said Thursday the changes reflect its efforts to become a “faster, leaner and more agile” group, and support the company’s most important divisions Beauty and Personal Care, Foods and Refreshment, and Home Care.
Nitin Paranjpe, president, Foods and Refreshment, has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer, while Hanneke Faber, who is currently president, Europe, will take up the role of president, Foods and Refreshment.
Jope said, “Today’s increasingly fragmented consumer, channel and media environment requires us to operate with more speed and agility than ever before. With his deep knowledge and experience of our markets, Nitin is ideally placed to work with me and the Unilever Leadership Executive to drive our performance and help deliver our growth ambitions.”
Unliever said Kees Kruythoff, president, Home Care, has decided to leave the company after 27 years to pursue external opportunities. Peter ter Kulve, chief digital officer and executive vice president South East Asia and Australasia, will succeed Kruythoff.
The roles of president, Europe, and executive vice president South East Asia and Australasia will not be replaced. The country organizations in these regions will report to the chief operating officer.
Sanjiv Mehta, executive vice president, South Asia, has been promoted to president, South Asia and will also join the Unilever Leadership Executive team.
Jope also thanked Kruythoff for his contribution to Unilever. “He has been an exceptional leader whose vision, performance and energy has been an inspiration to us all. Kees’ pioneering leadership of our North America cluster and Home Care Division — turning both into purpose-led, future-fit businesses — has been instrumental to the company’s recent success.
“In particular, his work on transforming our portfolio, through the acquisition of brands including Dollar Shave Club, Seventh Generation and SheaMoisture, has been critical to position us to win in the high-growth segments of the future. We wish him all the best for the future.”
The company said that all changes will be effective from May 1. Jope was named ceo late last year, and sources have said Unilever is still choosing the head of beauty and personal care, the group’s largest division, which saw underlying sales climb 3.1 percent to 20.7 billion euros in fiscal 2018.