Unilever to move Chicago Office to Headquarters in New Jersey
Unilever announced today the combining of 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.
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 offices to 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.
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