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Hot at Marketplace: Stinky Boyz kicks off personal care for men

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — Looking to appeal to boys and young men with its innovative product design is Stinky Boyz, a line of all-natural personal hygiene products that are shaped like sports balls. Stinky Boyz hygiene products contain essential oils and black seed, a strong antioxidant that helps cleanse the body of toxins.

The collection includes hair and body wash that has a silicon wrist handle for easy grip and hanging. After the hair and body wash is gone, the handle can be used as a wristband. The collection also includes deodorant (pictured).
 

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Unilever overhauls company structure, management

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON — Unilever has announced changes to its category and go-to-market structure to further support its growth plans and allow for a more efficient rollout of increasingly bigger and more scalable innovations.

The changes include several executive moves, including the appointment of Harish Manwani as COO.

"Unilever now has over half its turnover in the emerging markets, where, over the last 10 years, growth has been close to double digits. We have an opportunity to better support this footprint of the business, to keep our strong momentum, with a more globally aligned country and category organization," Unilever CEO Paul Polman said.

As part of these changes, Manwani, who currently serves as president for Asia Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, will be appointed COO, effective Sept. 1, and will take responsibility for all markets, in order to drive speed-to-market behind further simplification and efficiency.

The category organization will be broadened to four categories directly reporting to Polman. The new structures will be put in place during the third quarter and will be fully operational before year-end:

  • Dave Lewis, currently president, Americas, will be appointed president, personal care consisting of skin, deodorants, oral and hair;

  • Kevin Havelock, currently EVP ice cream, will be appointed president of the newly established refreshment category, which includes ice cream and beverages;

  • Antoine de Saint Affrique, currently EVP skin, will be appointed president, food, which includes savoury, spreads and dressings; and

  • In the home care category, Randy Quinn, currently EVP laundry, and Sean Gogarty, SVP household care, will report directly to Polman.

As reported by Drug Store News, Michael Polk, president of global foods, home and personal care is leaving Unilever after eight years with the company to become president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, effective July 18.

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Michael Polk takes helm at Newell Rubbermaid

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — Former Unilever executive Michael Polk has been appointed president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, effective July 18. He succeeds Mark Ketchum, who is retiring but will remain a director until May 2012.

Ketchum announced in January his intention to retire after being recruited from the board five years ago to lead Newell Rubbermaid through its transformation into a marketing-driven company.

Polk most recently served as president of global foods, home and personal care at Unilever, where he was responsible for the development, innovation and marketing of Unilever’s entire $64 billion portfolio of categories and brands. During his eight years at Unilever, he is credited with transforming the company’s business in the Americas and, in his latest role, sharpening Unilever¹s portfolio strategy and creating a more competitive, faster growing, innovation-driven organization. Polk has been a member of the Unilever executive board since 2007.

"Mike is an outstanding marketer, innovator and leader with a proven record of growing global brands, driving change, and delivering superior financial performance," said Michael Cowhig, chairman of Newell Rubbermaid’s board of directors. "He is the right leader at the right time to build on Newell Rubbermaid’s successful transformation and accelerate our global growth."

"I am honored to be joining Newell Rubbermaid as president and CEO," Polk said. "The company has a strong portfolio of brands and an excellent leadership team with a great opportunity to win in both the developed and emerging markets. In a very challenging environment, Mark and his team have strengthened the company and positioned us for growth. I am very excited about writing the next chapter of the Newell Rubbermaid story and look forward to the challenge of unlocking the full potential of the company."

Before joining Unilever, Polk spent 16 years at Kraft Foods. His last two positions at Kraft were president, Asia Pacific region, Kraft Foods International and president, Nabisco biscuit and snacks, Kraft Foods North America. In both positions, Polk served on Kraft’s Management Committee. Prior to Kraft, Polk spent three years at Procter & Gamble working in manufacturing and research and development in the paper products division.

Polk has been a member of Newell Rubbermaid’s board since 2009 and is a member of the audit committee.

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