SOURCE: Unilever

January 10, 2008 11:11 ET

Unilever Announces Retirement of Mike Bauer as Vice President & General Manager, Spreads, Dressings & Beverages

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ--(Marketwire - January 10, 2008) - Unilever (NYSE: UL) (NYSE: UN) announced today that Mike Bauer will retire from the role of Vice President & General Manager, Spreads, Dressings & Beverages, effective April 1, 2008. His decision to retire was based on his desire to pursue other personal and career interests. His successor will be announced at a later date.

"During Mike's almost 31-year tenure, he has contributed immensely to the growth and value of Unilever's business in the United States," said Kevin Havelock, President, Unilever U.S. "We thank him for all of his hard work and dedication through the years and wish him well on this next chapter of his life."

"Among his many accomplishments, most noteworthy was the building of our U.S. margarine business, which has become a great success story for Unilever," said Michael B. Polk, President of Unilever Americas. "His leadership, experience and professionalism will be missed."

Other noteworthy accomplishments during Bauer's career at Unilever include:

--  Helping grow Unilever's share of the margarine category from a seven
    to a 50 percent market share
--  Being instrumental in developing several new brands that were taken
    national such as Shedd's Spread Country Crock, I Can't Believe It's Not
    Butter, Brummel and Brown, and Promise Take Control.
--  Most recently, Bauer has played a key role helping the Hellmann's
    Mayonnaise brand to the top position in the Spoonables category in the
    United States.

He has also been intimately involved in playing a leadership and hands-on role with Unilever's volunteer programs, including the company's support of Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

About Unilever

Unilever (NYSE: UL) (NYSE: UN), one of the world's largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, "all," Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Snuggle, Suave, Sunsilk and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs approximately 13,000 people in more than 60 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico -- generating nearly $10 billion in sales in 2006. For more information, visit

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