Unilever has announced that its chief financial officer (CFO), James Lawrence, has decided to resign from the boards of the company. Lawrence, who joined the company in September 2007, will step down from the boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV at the end of the year. He will make himself available in the New Year to facilitate a smooth transition to his successor who will be announced shortly.
Lawrence holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Yale University. He was CFO of General Mills, Inc. from 1998 to 2007 and in 2006 he was additionally appointed vice chairman. Lawrence previously worked at Northwest Airlines as executive vice president and CFO. Prior to that, he was president, Pepsi-Cola, Asia Middle East and Africa.
Earlier in his career, he was with Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. In 1983 he co-founded LEK Consulting, a business strategy consultancy. Lawrence is a non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee at British Airways.
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