Alan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. As CEO of Unilever, Alan is responsible for leading one of the world’s largest and most geographically diverse consumer goods businesses, with presence in 190 countries, serving 2.5 billion people every day.
Alan joined Unilever in the UK in 1985. Before being appointed as CEO, he served as President of the Beauty & Personal Care Division. He also worked in leadership roles in North America for 14 years and Asia for 13 years. When leading Unilever's business in China, Alan doubled its size and laid important foundations for future success.
Alan is Chair of the Board of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited and Vice Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Executive Committee. Most recently he was appointed to the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council Executive Committee.
Alan holds a BA Hons in Commerce from Edinburgh University and graduated from Harvard Business School's General Management Program in 2001. Recently, he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Alan is married and has three adult children.
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