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Paul Polman      

Dutch Businessman; Former CEO of Unilever; Advocate for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Paul Polman is a Dutch businessman who is known for having served as the CEO of Unilever from 2009 to 2019.

Polman, who holds an MBA in economics and finance from the University of Cincinnati, created a new organization in 2019 called Imagine to help businesses eradicate poverty and inequality and stem runaway climate change. In 2016, Polman was selected to serve as a Sustainable Development Advocate for the United Nations.

Polman is a former chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and sits on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, leading its sustainability efforts. He is also a member of board of the UN Global Compact. Additionally, Polman is the president of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, a foundation he created to benefit blind children in Africa.

Polman began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979 and was group president Europe and officer of the Procter & Gamble Company until 2006.

Prior to joining Unilever, Polman served as chief financial officer of Nestlé, in addition to holding the position of executive vice president for the Americas.

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Paul Polman On Courageous CEOs And How Purpose Is The ...

We were both speaking at the annual National Confectioners Association conference - a gathering of all the key players in the candy business. Tall and genial, he ...

Polman tells banks to step up; Schwab names names; Covid-19 ...

Paul Polman's harsh words for financial services. Paul Polman may have retired from his day job as Unilever's chief executive in 2018, but he has remained plenty ...

Ex-Unilever CEO: Climate action will 'unlock economic growth ...

Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman tells Amanpour why investing in climate solutions could create "the growth story of the century."

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