19 Facts About Paul Polman

1. Paul Polman was the Chief Executive Officer of the British consumer goods company Unilever.

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2. Paul Polman is the author of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take.

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3. Paul Polman was born and grew up in the Dutch city of Enschede, in a Catholic family with three brothers and two sisters, the son of a tyre company executive father and a former schoolteacher mother.

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4. Paul Polman completed his MA in Economics and MBA in Finance and International Marketing in 1979 at University of Cincinnati.

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5. In June 2014 Paul Polman received his honorary doctorate during the 400th anniversary of the University of Groningen.

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6. On May 18, 2018, Paul Polman received his Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from George Mason University.

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7. On 1 January 2009, Paul Polman succeeded Patrick Cescau as chief executive officer of Unilever.

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8. In 2009, Paul Polman decided to make many significant management changes in order to improve Unilever's revenue in each of its business pillars.

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9. In November 2018, Paul Polman announced he was stepping down as chief executive officer of Unilever at the end of 2018 with Alan Jope succeeding him.

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10. Paul Polman is a former chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and sat on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, leading its sustainability efforts.

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11. Paul Polman is a member of board of the UN Global Compact.

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12. At the invitation of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Paul Polman served as one of the 27 members of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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13. Paul Polman was co-chair of the World Economic Forum 2012.

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14. Paul Polman is a counsellor of One Young World and trustee of the Leverhulme Trust.

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15. Paul Polman served on the board of Unilever from 2009 to 2019.

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16. Paul Polman is part of the Leadership Vanguard, an initiative that seeks to identify, support and mobilise the next generation of leaders, focuses on redefining value.

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17. Paul Polman was again appointed in 2019 by the current Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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18. Paul Polman is co-chair of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, with Nicholas Stern and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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19. Paul Polman is married to Kim Paul Polman, with whom he has three sons.

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