Paul Polman at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2011
|Born||Paulus Gerardus Josephus Maria Polman
11 July 1956
|Alma mater||University of Groningen and University of Cincinnati|
|Title||CEO of Unilever|
Paulus Gerardus Josephus Maria Polman (born 11 July 1956) is the CEO of the multinational Anglo-Dutch food and detergent company Unilever.
He was born and grew up in the Dutch city of Enschede and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
He has worked for Procter & Gamble for 27 years (from 1979), initially as a Cost Analyst, becoming Managing Director of P&G UK from 1995-8, President Global Fabric Care from 1998–2001, and Group President Europe in 2001.
He sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum. leading the sustainability efforts, UN Global Compact Board, Vice Chairman World Business Council for Sustainable Development, board member Conservation International. In 2012 Polman was appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as one of the 27 imminent members of the High Level Panel for the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Chairman of Perkins International advisory board and founder and President of the Kilimanjaro-blindtrust, a foundation he started to focus on blind children in Africa. Co-founded the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, currently led by former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. Member of the World Economic Forum International business Council. Member global taskforce Scaling up Nutrition ( SUN ). Member European Resource Efficiency Platform Working Group chaired by Commissioner Janez Ptocnik. Co-Chair World Economic Forum 2012.Counciller One Young World. Trustee Leverhulme Trust. Co-chair Food security taskforce B-20.
Polman has received honorary doctorates from Northumbria University (LLD, 2000) and the University of Cincinnati (2009). In 2011, he gave the Durland Lecture at Cornell University. Elected as Business leader of the world by Insead in 2012, European Business leader of the year by Wall Street Journal/CNBC in 2003, Atlantic Council Award for Distinguised Business Leadership in 2012, CK Prahalad award for Global Sustainability Leadership, First award for Responsible Capitalism by Rt Honourable William Hague, Carl Lindner Honors award 2006, Chief Financial Officer of the Year, Investor Magazine 2007. Investor Magazine CEO of year 2010,2011,2012. CEO Leader Award Poder/ABC.
Polman serves on the board of Unilever since jan 2009 and was elected to the Dow Board of Directors in February 2010, and serves on the Environment, Health, Safety and Technology Committee. He has formerly served on the board of Alcon.
He is married with three children and enjoys mountaineering, running and classic car racing. He is President of Kilimanjaro Blindtrust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board.
- Consumer Goods Forum website, Board of Directors
- "Sustainable Business Models for the 21st Century". Cornell University. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Paul Polman". The Dow Chemical Company. Retrieved 17 October 2011.