Unilever N.V. and PLC
Notification of Changes to the Boards
Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Mr John Rishton join the Boards as a Non-Executive Director. He will be proposed for election to the Boards at the Annual General Meetings on 15 May 2013.
John Rishton has been chief executive officer of Rolls Royce Holdings plc since 31 March 2011. Prior to that, he had been the chief executive officer of Royal Ahold N.V. since 2007, a company he joined as chief financial officer in 2006. In 2007,Mr Rishton became a Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce Group and served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the ethics and nominations committees prior to his executive appointment.
Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever, said: "I am very pleased that John has agreed to be proposed to join the Boards. He is distinguished in his field and will further strengthen the financial expertise of the Boards, which will add considerably to the business."
17 December 2012
Nationality: British. Born: 1958
John Rishton has been chief executive officer of Rolls Royce Holdings plc since 31 March 2011. He was appointed a non-executive director of Rolls Royce Group in 2007 and served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the ethics and nominations committees. He served as the chief executive officer and president of Royal Ahold N.V. from November 2007 to March 2011. Prior to becoming CEO he was chief financial officer Royal Ahold from 2006. Mr Rishton served as a non-executive director of ICA AB from 2006 to 2010 and Allied Domecq Plc from 2003 to 2005. He was the chief financial officer of British Airways Plc from 2001 to 2005.
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