Paul Polman

Co-Chair, CEO of Unilever
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Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate; CEO of Unilever

Paul Polman is Chief Executive officer of Unilever. Appointed in 2009, under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Paul Polman is Vice-Chairman (and next Chairman) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact.  He is also on  the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum.  In 2012 he  was invited to serve on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and previously acted as co-chairman of the B20 group of companies reporting to the G20 on Food Security. He is also a member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform Working Group chaired by Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. Since 2010, Paul Polman has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.   

He was the 2012 recipient of the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Business Leadership and the CK Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Leadership.

Paul Polman began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979, moving to Nestle in 2005. He has a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen and an MA Economics and MBA Finance from the University of Cincinnati. He has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, UK, in 2000 and the University of Cincinnati, USA, in 2009.

Paul Polman is Chairman of Perkins School for the Blind International Advisory Board and serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.