Unilever overhauls company structure, management
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.
Michael Polk takes helm at Newell Rubbermaid
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.
Adrian Beltre joins Walmart, Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program for initiative
NEW YORK — Walmart is working with Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program to create a new initiative that offers free dental screenings and oral health education to children in need living in the Dallas area.
To kick off the “Building Smiles Together” initiative, Colgate and Walmart tapped Major League Baseball third baseman Adrian Beltre to appear at the Walmart Supercenter in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 27. Colgate said its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental vans, staffed by Dallas-based volunteer dentists, also will be on-site to provide free dental screenings, oral health education, treatment referrals and a “Building Smiles Together” kit that includes educational materials and a free toothbrush and toothpaste for children ages 1 to 12 years.
“Growing up, my parents made sure to teach me the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums and I do the same with my children,” Beltre said. “I am happy to be a part of Walmart and Colgate’s ‘Building Smiles Together’ initiative since it gives me the opportunity to help improve the oral health of Dallas-area children, educate [them] about healthy oral care habits and encourage them to strike out cavities for a lifetime of healthy smiles.”
In line with the program kickoff, Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures and Walmart have launched BuildingSmilesTogether.com, an interactive site where families can access oral health resources, informational videos and engaging games to help encourage children to care for themselves by practicing proper, healthy habits. What’s more, the companies are offering a free, trial-sized children’s toothpaste to all families who visit the website on June 27.