Unilever announced today that it is combining its Chicago-based antiperspirants, deodorant and hair care group with its skin care business, to create a Personal Care (PC) business unit based at the company’s North America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Nov. 10, 2009– Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, [NYSE: UN, UL] announced today that it is combining its Chicago-based antiperspirants, deodorant and hair care group with its skin care business, to create a Personal Care (PC) business unit based at the company’s North America headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. As a result of the integration, Unilever will close the Chicago offices by July 2010.
“Over the last few years, we have made significant progress in bringing Unilever teams together in North America,” said Michael B. Polk, President Unilever Americas. “We have become a more unified, collaborative and focused organization – and, we are driving results. The decision to create a single PC unit within the US business is in line with this progress, and will leverage the resources and capabilities across our PC brands to drive further growth.”
Between 2006 and 2009, Unilever has integrated a number of businesses and officesto leverage the resources and capabilities across its brands to drive further growth. Those integrations include supply chain integrations announced in 2008 and 2009; the North American Ice Cream business integration into the U.S. business announced in 2007, and the consolidations of offices in Connecticut and Illinois announced in 2006.
“We are committed to working closely with our colleagues in Chicago to ensure a smooth transition,” added Polk. The move will affect approximately 200 employees.
Unilever’s mission is to add vitality to life. We meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Each day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products.
In North America, which is comprised of the United States, Canada and the Greater Caribbean, the portfolio includes major brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Rexona, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Suave, Sunsilk, Vaseline and Vim. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever employs nearly 14,000 people in North America – generating over $11 billion in sales in 2008. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com or http://www.unilever.ca/(Link opens in a new window)
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