SOURCE: Unilever

December 19, 2006 04:22 ET

Unilever Plc announces Changes to Executive Team

London/ Rotterdam -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 19, 2006 --


Unilever today announced that John Rice, President Americas, has decided to retire from Unilever after 25 years of service. John, who will step down in March 2007, will be replaced on the Unilever Executive Team as President Americas by Michael Polk. Michael is currently Group Vice President and President Unilever United States. Michael joined Unilever in 2003 after 16 years at Kraft.

Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive, said: "I want to thank John for his many contributions to Unilever over the course of his career with the company. Most recently this included his commitment to help build the new One Unilever organization as well as the successful leadership of the Americas region for the past two years. We will all miss his leadership and experience."

"Mike has played a key role in successfully integrating the US business and sustaining our growth momentum in this important country. I am really pleased that he is taking on the leadership of the Americas region."


About Unilever

Unilever's mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Its portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands including twelve EUR1 billion brands and global leadership in many categories in which the company operates. The portfolio features brand icons such as: Knorr, Hellmann's, Lipton, Country Crock, Slim.Fast, Bertolli, Dove, Pond's, Axe, All.

Unilever has around 206,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated annual sales of EUR40 billion in 2005. For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit

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