Unilever today announced that it had appointed Neal Matheson to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer.
Mr Matheson, previously Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, will report directly to Group Chief Executive, Patrick Cescau.
In his new wide-ranging role, Mr Matheson will advise the Unilever Board and Executive on science and technology matters, lead the cross-Unilever science platforms and will champion the development of functional excellence in R&D. In addition he will take direct responsibility for Unilever's Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre.
Patrick Cescau said: "I am very pleased that Neal is joining us in this important new role. Unilever has always recognised the importance that great science and technology play in driving business success. I am confident that Neal will help drive and enhance the long term growth of Unilever through scientific innovation."
Neal Matheson graduated in 1969 from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada with B.S., Applied Science/Chemical Engineering. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1994 after a 25-year career with P&G.