Unilever N.V. and PLC Notification of Board Change

Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal join the Board as a Non-Executive Director. He will be proposed for election to the Board at the Annual General Meetings in London on 11 May and in Rotterdam on 12 May 2011. 

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder, Chairman & Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises. Under Sunil Bharti Mittal’s leadership Bharti Airtel has grown into one of the largest telecoms providers across 19 Asian and African countries and a leading business group in India. He brings to Unilever business building experience in developing markets ranging from the entrepreneurial to large-scale corporate activities. He has previously been an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Plc.  

Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever, said: “I am very pleased that Sunil Bharti Mittal has agreed to be proposed to join the Board. He is distinguished in his field and will further strengthen the expertise and independence of the Board, as well as broadening its diversity. I am sure Sunil will add considerably to the business.”

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Biography - Sunil Bharti Mittal

Nationality: Indian. Age: 53.

Sunil started his career after graduating from Panjab University in India in 1976 and founded Bharti. He is a past president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, the premier industry body in India (2007-08). Sunil was previously an independent non-executive director of Standard Chartered Plc (2007-2009). Sunil was co-chairman of the World Economic Forum in 2007 at Davos and is a member of its International Business Council. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

He is a member of several premier international bodies – International Advisory Committee to the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors and the International Business Advisory Councils of London & Rome. Sunil is also on the Telecom Board of the International Telecommunication Union, the leading UN Agency for Information and Communication Technology. He is a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission at ITU. He is a member of the Indo-US CEOs Forum and also serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Indian School of Business. He has received many business awards, including the ‘Global Vision’ Award 2008 by the US-India Business Council, and Asia Businessman of the Year by Fortune in 2006.

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