Unilever Chairman Marijn Dekkers Steps Down

By Dayeeta Das
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Unilever Chairman Marijn Dekkers Steps Down

Unilever has announced that its board chairman Marijn Dekkers has stepped down from the role, effective immediately.

The FMCG giant has named non-executive director, Nils Andersen, as the successor to Dekkers.

Dekkers cited his growing responsibilities as founder and chairman of the investment and advisory firm, Novalis LifeSciences, as the reason behind the decision.

However, he will continue to serve as a non-executive director of the company.

Marijn commented, "It has been a huge honour to serve as chairman of Unilever and I am very proud of the work we continue to do as a truly purpose-driven company.


"My decision to step down has been a difficult one to make but I look forward to seeing Unilever go from strength to strength under Nils as Chairman."

An 'Experienced Professional'

Andersen is an experienced professional with significant business experience. Since April 2015, Andersen has been a part of the Unilever board, and is currently a member of its audit committee.

Between 2007 to 2016, he served as the group chief executive officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk. He was the president and chief executive officer of Carlsberg and Carlsberg Breweries from 2001 to 2007.

Commenting on his new role, Andersen, said, "I am very proud to have been asked to succeed Marijn and I look forward to working with the board and the Unilever leadership team to support the company’s continued growth.”


Andersen serves as the chairman of AkzoNobel N.V., and the privately-held Salling Group A/S. He is also a non-executive director at BP plc.

He intends to step down from his roles at BP plc and Salling Group A/S in March 2020, before the Unilever AGM, the FMCG giant said.

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