Unilever to reorganize company structure
LONDON Unilever, whose brands include Axe, Sunsilk and Dove, has announced that it is restructuring the company and combining its home and personal care segment and food segment into a single category structure.
Ralph Kugler, president of home and personal care, will step down in May at the Annual General Meetings after 29 years of service. The roles of president of home and personal care and president of foods will be merged under the leadership of Vindi Banga, currently president of foods.
To reflect the company’s focus on growth in developing markets, Central and Eastern Europe will be managed within an enlarged region comprised of Asia, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. Western Europe will become a standalone region.
In other moves, Kees van der Graaf will retire in May from the Unilever board and from his role as president of Europe after a 32-year career with Unilever.
Harish Manwani, currently president of Asia/Africa, will lead the new expanded region. Doug Baillie will serve as president of Western Europe, having previously served as chief executive officer of Hindustan Unilever.
“These measures build naturally on the changes of recent years and give us an organizational structure even better placed to advance our growth agenda. At the same time, I want to express my deep appreciation to Kees and Ralph for the significant contribution they have made over long and distinguished years,” stated Patrick Cescau, group chief executive.
In addition, James Lawrence, currently chief financial officer, will be proposed in May for election as an executive director of Unilever. This change will mean that the Unilever board will be comprised of two executive directors and 11 non-executives.
Three new executives named to Stop & Shop leadership team
QUINCY, Mass. Three emerging leaders have been named executive vice presidents of the Stop & Shop Supermarket/Giant Food network of grocery stores. Joining the grocery chain’s leadership team are Jim Dwyer, executive vice president of strategy and business development; Robin Michel, executive vice president, Giant-Landover’s general manager and Jeff Slater, executive vice president of people.
Dwyer will lead Stop & Shop’s corporate brands team, marketing, strategic planning and several other divisions within the company. He also serves as Ahold USA’s chief business development officer.
As general manager of Giant-Landover, Michel will head sales, organization, operating profits and employees. Michel has a diverse history of previous marketing and merchandising experience, having served in leadership positions at Roundy’s, 7-Eleven and Kroger, among others.
Slater joins the human resources department, focusing on the employee role in promoting and expanding Stop & Shop and Giant brands. Slater previously served as human resource executive for Dunkin’ Donuts and as president of ISC, a consulting firm specializing in human resource management and business strategies.
Stop & Shop’s leadership says the new executives are positive additions to company bringing unique qualifications and specialized talent. The supermarket chain currently operates 575 stores and employees more than 82,000 throughout the northeastern United States.
P&G to marry Febreze scents with Swiffer & Mr. Clean
CINCINNATI Proctor & Gamble announced plans to add Febreze fresh scents to its Swiffer and Mr. Clean products. The decision to add Febreze scents stems from the Scents and Winter Mood study conducted by the company surveying more than 1,018 American adults ages 18 and up.
The study found that 53 percent of men and women feel that a fresh scent in their home would improve their mood strongly. According to published reports, in terms of specific scents, over half of the women polled say that lavender improves their mood while 38 percent of men feel that vanilla would help them greatly.
Susan Baba, External relations manager for Swiffer and Mr. Clean stated, “Extending the Swiffer and Mr. Clean product lines to include Febreze fresh scents gives consumers the cleaning benefits of their favorite Swiffer and Mr. Clean products while providing the added enjoyment of a home that smells as clean as it looks and feels.”
For the Swiffer line, scents will be available in “Lavender and Vanilla Comfort” and “Citrus and light”, while Mr. Clean products will carry “Citrus and Light”, and “Meadows and Rain.” According to published reports, the new lines are set to be displayed nationwide in February, and will retail between $2.99 and $7.99.