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Unilever announced that its chief financial officer, James A Lawrence, has decided to resign from the boards of Unilever. Lawrence, 57, who joined the company in September 2007, will step down from the boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. at the end of the 2009.
"It's been an excellent time for me, and I have made many good friends among my colleagues in the company," said Lawrence. "I'm delighted that Unilever is in such great shape for our shareholders and, having seen the company through an important period of transition, I'm now looking forward to pursuing new opportunities."
"We'd all like to thank Jim for the valuable experience and perspective he brought to Unilever during an important period in the company's development. We wish him well in his future endeavors," said Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever.
The company stated that Lawrence will make himself available in the New Year to facilitate a smooth transition to his successor who will be announced shortly.