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Unilever appoints new MD

Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer, Unilever Nigeria PLC, has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, Tim Kleinebenne.

This followed the resignation of Carl Raymond Cruz, with effect from May 4, 2023.

The appointment of Kleinebenne was announced on Tuesday in a corporate notice signed by its Company Secretary, Afolasade Olowe.

Kleinebenne graduated with a Business Economics degree from the University of Hamburg in Germany and has 31 years of international experience in the FMCGs industry at Unilever.

His previous roles include senior sales and marketing roles as well as over 10 years as Managing Director of Unilever businesses, two of which were publicly listed.

“Mr Kleinebenne is currently Managing Director of Unilever Côte d’Ivoire and has also served as Managing Director of Unilever Ethiopia, where he established the business and built it into a leading local consumer goods manufacturer, and as Managing Director of Unilever Caribbean,” part of the statement read.

The company noted that its outgoing MD delivered significant appreciation in both turnover and profit and set Unilever Nigeria on a path to sustainable and profitable growth after steering the company through the difficult years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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