LONDON — Michael Treschow will take over as chairman of Unilever NV and Unilever plc in May, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant announced Friday.

Treschow, who will succeed Antony Burgmans, will be the company’s first independent non-executive chairman and the first person drafted from outside Unilever to take on the chairman’s role.

Treschow, a 63-year-old native of Sweden, is currently chairman of mobile phone maker Ericsson, household appliances brand Electrolux and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, as well as a non-executive director of engineering firm ABB Group. He will depart his Electrolux and Confederation of Swedish Enterprise roles in April and May, respectively. Press speculation began to surface about Treschow’s candidacy last December to replace Burgmans, who will retire from Unilever at its 2007 annual meeting in May.

This story first appeared in the January 16, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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