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Paul Polman

Paul Polman is the former CEO of Unilever. From 2009-2017, Polman’s leadership at Unilever focused on sustainability and long-term growth. Previously, he held positions as the Chief Financial Officer and head of the Americas for Nestlé, and, as the president of Procter & Gamble for Western Europe. He’s the co-founder and chair of Imagine, a foundation and corporation that aims to help companies meet UN goals for sustainable development. He’s also the author of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take. You can follow him on Twitter @PaulPolman.

“You need a strong purpose because if you don’t have that beacon, you can get derailed before you know it.”

— Paul Polman
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Paul Polman, guest
December 7, 2021

When Paul Polman joined Unilever as CEO in 2009, the consumer goods company had been stagnated with years of lackluster performance. His famous turnaround of the company centered around his ability to redraw the boundaries of Unilever’s mission to emphasize sustainability and long-term growth.