26 September 2022
Unilever CEO announces intention to retire at end of next year
Unilever today announced that CEO Alan Jope has informed the Board of his intention to retire from the company at the end of 2023, after five years in the role. The Board will now proceed with a formal search for a successor and will consider both internal and external candidates.
Unilever Chairman Nils Andersen said: "Unilever has seen improved performance, enabled by its clear strategic choices and a significant company transformation. The Board will now conduct an orderly succession process and support Alan and the management team in further driving the performance of Unilever.
"Alan's retirement next year will mark the end of a remarkable career with Unilever. Under his leadership, Unilever has made critical changes to its strategy, structure and organisation that position it strongly for success. This work continues, and we will thank Alan wholeheartedly for his leadership and contribution to our business when he leaves next year."
Unilever CEO Alan Jope said: "As I approach my fifth year as CEO, and after more than 35 years in Unilever, I believe now is the right time for the Board to begin the formal search for my successor. Growth remains our top priority, and in the quarters ahead I will remain fully focused on disciplined execution of our strategy, and leveraging the full benefits of our new organisation."
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Alan Jope will be treated in accordance with Unilever's approved remuneration policy. He is expected to step down from the Board of Unilever and retire from employment on 31 December 2023. He will continue to be paid in line with Unilever's normal remuneration policy during this period. Treatment of all elements of his remuneration will be in line with the remuneration policy set out in the 2021 Annual Report and Accounts.
Any bonus awarded for 2022 and 2023, and any outstanding share plan awards, will be determined in line with Unilever's remuneration policy.
All payments are subject to required tax withholdings. Full details of all payments made to and receivable by Alan Jope will be disclosed on the Unilever website in due course in compliance with Section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006 and in the Directors' Remuneration Report within the Company's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31 December 2022, and subsequent years, as appropriate.
Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 148,000 employees and generated sales of €52.4 billion in 2021.
Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our purpose-led, future-fit business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business.
The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is set out to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while:
- improving the health of the planet;
- improving people's health, confidence and wellbeing; and
- contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.
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