Unilever headquartersUnilever headquarters, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 17 Jul 2018

LONDON — Unilever has made changes to its executive leadership team and created the new role of chief digital and marketing officer.

Amanda Sourry, president of Unilever North America, will retire from the company after more than 30 years to pursue new opportunities, while Fabian Garcia, former president and chief executive officer of Revlon, will succeed her in the job. Conny Braams, executive vice president of Unilever Middle Europe, will take on the new role of chief digital and marketing officer.

Alan Jope, ceo of Unilever, highlighted Sourry’s “strategic clarity, operational experience and passion for developing talent,” and described her as one of the company’s “best leaders of recent times.”

Jope described Garcia as “a truly global and purpose-driven business leader, who brings to Unilever deep experience of the consumer goods industry in North America and many other markets, as well as an impressive track record of high performance.”

Braams, he added, is “one of our most successful and talented leaders, as well as a highly effective driver of change. As our new chief digital and marketing officer, her experience will be critical to the transformation of Unilever into a future-fit, fully digitized organization at the leading edge of consumer marketing.”

Garcia will join Unilever on Jan. 1, with Sourry supporting the transition into early 2020. He will report to chief operating officer Nitin Paranjpe. 
Braams will also begin her new role on Jan. 1.

The appointment of a new executive vice president of Unilever Middle Europe will be revealed in due course, the company said.

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