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Unilever names T2 boss as next CEO

Unilever has appointed T2 CEO Nicole Sparshott to head up the consumer goods giant’s Australia and New Zealand business when Clive Stiff retires at the end of next month.

Sparshott will take up the role in April, reporting to Unilever’s global chief operating officer Nitin Paranjpe, and she will also continue to lead the T2 business as global T2 CEO.

Stiff is retiring from the business after eight years in the role and thirty four years in FMCG.

Stiff said it’s been a “privilege” to lead the business and is proud of what the team achieved since 2012.

“I leave with a strong sense of pride in what our talented team has achieved together over this time– from continuing to deliver great brands and innovation for our consumers and retail partners, through to better serving our society and planet with the way we do business. I’m also confident that I’m leaving the business in very good hands under Nicky’s leadership,” he said.

Sparshott joined Unilever ANZ in 2006 as marketing director for Foods, Ice Cream and Beverages, before moving to Singapore to take up leadership positions in the Asia business. She was appointed CEO of T2 when Unilever acquired the tea business in 2016 and has previously held roles at P&G and The Coca-Cola Company.

“Having started my Unilever career in the ANZ business, I’m delighted to be
returning to Australia to lead this fantastic organisation,” Sparshott said:

“Consumer trends and preferences are evolving rapidly, providing brands with an opportunity to be more innovative and dynamic than ever before. By leading Unilever ANZ during a period of significant change, Clive has laid a strong foundation of agility in the business, paving the way for our next stage of growth in this market.”

Stiff will stay with the business until March 31 to help with the transition.

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