Newell Rubbermaid announces new executive appointments as part of restructuring plan

ATLANTA – In addition to an extensive structural makeover, dubbed the "Growth Game Plan", Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Mike Polk announced a new leadership team that includes outside appointments to several executive positions.

Among these new appointments is Joe Cavaliere, former SVP customer development for Unilever, who will serve as chief customer officer at Newell Rubbermaid. In this new role, Cavaliere will help globalize the company's customer development organization, and expand customer partnerships and collaborations around the world. Among his 29 years of experience, Cavaliere helped catapult Unilever to a top 5 ranking in the consumer good industry during his nine-year career at the company.

Richard Davies — also formerly of Unilever, as head of global insights — will join Newell Rubbermaid as chief marketing & insights officer. Davies brings more than 30 years of marketing, insights and brand strategy experience to the new position.

Mark Tarchetti, former head of global corporate strategy at Unilever, will join Newell Rubbermaid in January as chief development officer — leading the new development organization. Tarchetti founded international consulting firm Tarchetti & Co and has been supporting the development of Newell Rubbermaid's new business strategy over the last year.

"The structural and leadership changes we are announcing today are bold steps that are critical to unlocking our full growth potential," Polk said.

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