Unilever announces proposal of new non-executive board member in 2013.

Unilever kondigt aan dat zij voornemens is John Rishton voor te dragen als niet-uitvoerend lid van haar raad van bestuur. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)

Unilever N.V. and PLC

Notification of changes to the boards

London, 17 December 2012. Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Mr John Rishton join the Boards as a Non-Executive Director. He will be proposed for election to the Boards at the Annual General Meetings on 15 May 2013.

John Rishton has been chief executive officer of Rolls Royce Holdings plc since 31 March 2011. Prior to that, he had been the chief executive officer of Royal Ahold N.V. since 2007, a company he joined as chief financial officer in 2006. In 2007, Mr Rishton became a Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce Group and served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the ethics and nominations committees prior to his executive appointment.

Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever, said: "I am very pleased that John has agreed to be proposed to join the Boards. He is distinguished in his field and will further strengthen the financial expertise of the Boards, which will add considerably to the business."


John Rishton Nationality: British. Born: 1958

John Rishton has been chief executive officer of Rolls Royce Holdings plc since 31 March 2011. He was appointed a non-executive director of Rolls Royce Group in 2007 and served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the ethics and nominations committees. He served as the chief executive officer and president of Royal Ahold N.V. from November 2007 to March 2011. 

Prior to becoming CEO he was chief financial officer Royal Ahold from 2006. Mr Rishton served as a non-executive director of ICA AB from 2006 to 2010 and Allied Domecq Plc from 2003 to 2005. He was the chief financial officer of British Airways Plc from 2001 to 2005.

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About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world‟s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 171,000 colleagues around the world and we are on track to generate annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012.

Over half of our company‟s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (56% in 2011). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world‟s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann‟s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall‟s, Lux, Rama, Ponds and Axe.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2011 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard and for the second year topped the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan / SustainAbility latest annual survey (2012). The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

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