Unilever announces leadership shake-up; Chief Supply Chain Officer steps down

Unilever announces leadership shake-up; Chief Supply Chain Officer steps down

THE WHAT? Unilever has announced a shake-up of its leadership team, with Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, stepping down from his position following a 30-year career with the company. 

THE DETAILS Engel will be succeeded by Reginaldo Ecclissato, currently Executive Vice President Mexico, Central America and Greater Caribbean.

Assuming the role from 1st January, 2022, Ecclissato has also been with Unilever for 30 years, and takes on his new role from his previous position as Executive Vice President of Unilever’s Americas Supply Chain.

In other HR news, Ritva Sotamaa, Chief Legal Officer & Group Secretary has announced her retirement, and will leave Unilever at the end of March 2022. 

Sotamaa will be succeeded by Maria Varsellona, who currently serves as General Counsel & Company Secretary for global technology company ABB Ltd.

THE WHY? Discussing the departures, CEO Alan Jope said, “On behalf of everyone at Unilever I would like to thank Ritva and Marc for their tremendous contribution over the course of their careers with us.

“Ritva has built a first-class legal function at Unilever, brought great leadership to our business integrity agenda, and was instrumental in the successful unification of our dual-headed legal structure. I am very thankful for her wisdom, advice and support over many years, and wish her the very best for the future.

“Marc’s leadership of our supply chain has been critical to Unilever becoming a faster, more resilient and more sustainable business. I am very grateful for Marc’s contributions over his long career with Unilever, and in particular for his stewardship of our supply chain through the many challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last two years.”