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Unilever CEO to retire in late 2023 after five years in the role

A search for Alan Jope's successor is currently underway
Alan Jope
Alan Jope

Unilever CEO Alan Jope will retire at the end of 2023 after five years in the role, the London-headquartered consumer goods company announced today (Sept. 26).

The board is proceeding with a search for Jope’s successor and will consider both internal and external candidates.

“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,” Jope said in a statement.

Unilever Chairman Nils Andersen said the decision marks the end of an “incredible career” for the chief executive. 

“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,” Andersen stated.

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