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Unilever Names New CFO

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Unilever, which recently expanded its sustainability programs, has announced that CFO Jean-Marc Huët will step down in October. He will be succeeded by Graeme Pitkethly.

Pitkethly, who has been with the company since 2002, will become a member of the Unilever leadership executive on 1 October 2015 and be proposed for election to the boards of Unilever N.V. and PLC at the annual general meetings in April 2016.

“I have had an excellent and very rewarding period of time at Unilever and fully achieved what I set out to do when I joined the organization in 2010," said  Huët. "I am delighted with the progress Unilever has made over the past five and a half years and particularly the work we have done to strengthen the overall Finance function. I am now looking forward to ensuring a seamless transition to my successor, Graeme Pitkethly, and then spending some time deciding what new opportunities to pursue."

“I greatly appreciate Jean-Marc’s contributions, both as Unilever’s chief financial officer and as a fellow board member and I wish him every success in the future," said Michael Treschow, chairman of Unilever.

“I greatly appreciate Jean-Marc’s contributions, both as Unilever’s chief financial officer and as a fellow board member and I wish him every success in the future," said Michael Treschow, chairman of Unilever.

“I would like to thank Jean-Marc for the contributions he has made over the past five and a half years," said CEO Paul Polman. "As a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive and Unilever’s Board of Directors he has played an important role in helping to steer Unilever through one of its most successful periods. Importantly, he has helped to build and strengthen Unilever’s standing with the financial community and has spent considerable time in developing a strong internal talent pipeline, which is today reflected in the appointment of Graeme Pitkethly. He leaves Unilever with the Group in sound financial health and with the Finance function significantly revitalized. We all wish him every success in the future. We welcome Graeme as Unilever’s Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive as of 1 October 2015. His broad financial experience, deep operating knowledge and track-record in both business and people development make him an ideal addition to help Unilever through the next stages of its transformation to a sustainable competitive and profitable company in its industry.”

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