Paul Polman, Unilever, N.V.

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Company: Unilever N.V., Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Company Description: Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational corporation that owns many of the world's consumer product brands in foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.
Nomination Category: Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Executive of the Year - Consumer Products - Non-Durables

Nomination Title: Paul Polman, CEO and Director

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Paul earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977 and an MA in economics and MBA in finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK (2000) and the University of Cincinnati, US (2009).

Paul began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979 and was group president Europe and officer of the Procter & Gamble Company until 2001. Prior to joining Unilever, Paul was chief financial officer of Nestlé S.A. from January 2006 as well as executive vice president for the Americas from February 2008.

Paul serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the European Round Table, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum where he co-chairs the Board Strategy and the Sustainability Committees. He is a Trustee of both the Leverhulme Trust and Asia House, a former board member of Alcon and, since February 2010, a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.

Recognised by Investor Magazine as chief financial officer of the year 2007, Paul received the Carl Lidner award from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and was the WSJ/CNBC European Business Leader of the Year 2003.

Married with three children, Paul enjoys reading, marathon running, and mountaineering, but his main passion is for his role in running the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.

About Unilever N.V.

Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational corporation that owns many of the world's consumer product brands in foods, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Unilever is a dual-listed company consisting of Unilever N.V. in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Unilever PLC in London, United Kingdom. This arrangement is similar to those of Reed Elsevier and Royal Dutch Shell prior to their unified structures. Both Unilever companies have the same directors and effectively operate as a single business. The current non-executive Chairman of Unilever N.V. and PLC is Michael Treschow while Paul Polman is Group Chief Executive.

Unilever's main international competitors include Nestlé and Procter & Gamble. They also face competition in local markets or product ranges from companies such as Beiersdorf, ConAgra, Danone, General Mills, Henkel, Mars, Inc., Pepsico, Reckitt Benckiser and S. C. Johnson & Son.

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http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/unileveropensnew
factoryinmexico.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileverannounces
reorganisationtofurtherdrivegrowth.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unilevercompletes
saleofSanextoColgatePalmolive.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileversnextstepin
sustainablesourcingofrawmaterials.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileverdriveseffici
encyincapitalinvestmentprogramme_523201183930AM.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/AnnualGeneralMeeting
Rotterdam12May2011.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unilevercompletes
AlbertoCulveracquisition.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/UnileverNVAgreesT
ermsWithAegonForTheRePurchaseofPreferenceShares_5102011112937AM.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/UnileverReceivesAppro
valtoAcquireAlbertoCulver_56201170815PM.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Q12011Trading
Statement.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileverreaches
settlementwithEuropeanCommissiononlaundrydetergents.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileverissuesits
firsteverRenminbibond.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/UnileversellsSanex
andacquiresthelaundryColgatePalmoliveinColombia.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/unilevercompletes
saleconsumertomatoproductsbusinessbrazil.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Q4andfullyear2010
results.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2011/Unileverannounces
managementchanges.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2010/Unileverconfirms
AlbertoCulvershareholderapprovaltoacquirecompanyfor37billion.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2010/Boardchange.aspx
http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2010/Unilevercompletes
SaraLeePersonalCareEuropeanLaundryacquisition.aspx

http://www.unilever.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/2010/Unilevermovesto
QuarterlyTradingStatementsinApril2011.aspx

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Paul earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977 and an MA in economics and MBA in finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK (2000) and the University of Cincinnati, US (2009).

Paul began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979 and was group president Europe and officer of the Procter & Gamble Company until 2001. Prior to joining Unilever, Paul was chief financial officer of Nestlé S.A. from January 2006 as well as executive vice president for the Americas from February 2008.