LONDON — Unilever announced on Friday a number of changes to the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE) team. Amanda Sourry, president, Unilever North America, has decided to retire from the company after more than 30 years of service to pursue new opportunities. Fabian Garcia, former president and chief executive of Revlon, has been appointed president, Unilever North America. In addition, Conny Braams, executive vice president, Unilever Middle Europe, has been appointed to the new role of chief digital and marketing officer.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Amanda for her significant contribution to Unilever over so many years. Her strategic clarity, operational experience and passion for developing talent have made her one of the company’s best leaders of recent times. We wish her all the best for the future,” said Alan Jope chief executive officer of Unilever. “I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Fabian, a truly global and purpose-driven business leader, who brings to Unilever deep experience of the consumer goods industry in North America and many other markets, as well as an impressive track record of high performance.”
“Conny Braams is one of our most successful and talented leaders, as well as a highly effective driver of change. As our new chief digital and marketing officer, her experience will be critical to the transformation of Unilever into a future-fit, fully digitized organization at the leading edge of consumer marketing,” Jope added.
Garcia will join Unilever on January 1st, with Sourry supporting the leadership transition into early 2020. Garcia will report to CEO Nitin Paranjpe. Braams will begin her new role on January 1st. The appointment of a new EVP, Unilever Middle Europe will be announced at a later date.