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Paul Polman was appointed an Executive Director of Unilever in October 2008. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer on 1st January 2009. Paul earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977 and an MA in economics and MBA in finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979.

Prior to joining Unilever, Paul was Chief Financial Officer of Nestlé S.A. from January 2006 as well as Executive Vice President for the Americas from February 2008.

Paul serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind trust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board. He is a member of the European Round Table, The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Married with three children, Paul’s interests include reading, marathon running, and mountaineering, but his main passion is for his role in running the Kilimanjaro Blind trust.