Unilever Names New Head of Supply Chain, General Counsel

Unilever will soon have a new head of supply chain.
Unilever will soon have a new head of supply chain.

Marc Engel, chief supply chain officer of Unilever, has decided to leave the company in April 2022. He has been with the company for 30 years.

Engel will be succeeded by Reginaldo Ecclissato, currently executive vice president Mexico, Central America and Greater Caribbean.  Ecclissato  has more than 30 years’ experience with Unilever, working across both developed and emerging markets. He will assume the role from January 1, 2022 and will join the Unilever Leadership Executive group at the same time.

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Unilever has also announced that Ritva Sotamaa, chief legal officer and group secretary, will retire from the company at the end of March 2022. She will be succeeded by Maria Varsellona, general counsel and company secretary for global technology company ABB Ltd.

Alan Jope, Unilever CEO, commented, "On behalf of everyone at Unilever I would like to thank Ritva and Marc for their tremendous contribution over the course of their careers with us. Ritva has built a first-class legal function at Unilever, brought great leadership to our business integrity agenda, and was instrumental in the successful unification of our dual-headed legal structure. I am very thankful for her wisdom, advice and support over many years, and wish her the very best for the future. Marc’s leadership of our supply chain has been critical to Unilever becoming a faster, more resilient and more sustainable business. I am very grateful for Marc’s contributions over his long career with Unilever, and in particular for his stewardship of our supply chain through the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last two years. At the same time, I am delighted to welcome Maria to Unilever and look forward to working closely with her. Maria’s deep experience and strong track record of delivery make her ideally placed to support the next stage of Unilever’s journey. I am also very pleased that, in Reginaldo, we have an internal successor with extensive supply chain experience, who has overseen significant business growth and brought impressive leadership to the Mexico, Central America and Greater Caribbean region.”

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