Byline: James Fallon

LONDON — Unilever PLC, the Anglo-Dutch owner of Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Elizabeth Arden and Chesebrough-Pond’s, announced a management reorganization Wednesday aimed at splitting strategic and operational functions.
The reorganization means Robert Phillips, currently head of the group’s worldwide personal products division, will become business group president of its home and personal care operations in North America, including its prestige beauty companies. He also will become chairman of Unilever’s North America committee.
Phillips will report to Clive Butler, currently Unilever’s personnel director who will become the group’s category director for its home and personal care operations worldwide.
Butler will be one of three category directors on Unilever’s new seven-man executive committee that will oversee all strategic operations of the group.
The other members are the chairmen of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV, the financial director, the personnel director and the category directors for foods and the industrial businesses.
The executive committee will develop Unilever’s corporate strategy and insure its strengths in technology, brands, human resources and finance are exploited throughout the group, Unilever said. The committee will be formed from Sept. 1.
Day-to-day operational responsibility for Unilever’s businesses will be held by 14 business groups, each of which will be headed by a president with full profit responsibility, the company said.
The reorganization follows a review of Unilever’s structure by Niall Fitzgerald, currently head of Unilever’s detergent operations, who will become chairman of Unilever PLC on Sept. 1.
He will succeed Sir Michael Perry, who will retire Aug. 31. — Fairchild News Service

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