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Alan Jope Named Chief Executive of Unilever, Replacing Paul Polman

LONDON – Unilever has named Alan Jope chief executive of Unilever, capping a tumultuous year for the personal care, food and home products company and parent of brands ranging from Dove to Ben & Jerry’s.
Polman had already announced his plans to retire, and his last year in the job was marred by Unilever’s botched plans to move its corporate entity to the Netherlands and eliminate the dual corporate structure in London and Rotterdam. The company remains headquartered in both countries and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and in Amsterdam.
Jope is currently president, Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever’s largest division, and had long been mooted as a frontrunner for the job. The company said Thursday that Polman would support the transition process during the first half of next year.
The 54-year-old executive has led the Beauty and Personal Care division since 2014, according to Unilever.
He joined the company as a graduate marketing trainee in 1985, and has experience both in developed and emerging markets, having run the company’s North Asia business for four years and served as president, Russia, Africa & Middle East. He spent more than a decade in senior foods, home care and personal care roles for Unilever

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