Nestle’s Polman to succeed Cescau as new Unilever group chief executive
LONDON Unilever has announced that former Nestle executive Paul Polman will serve as the new group chief executive. He will succeed Patrick Cescau, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Cescau will retire after serving the business for 35 years and leading the company for the past four years as chairman and then as the company’s first group chief executive.
“Four years ago we set out to transform Unilever and to get the business back on track. I believe that phase of work is largely complete, so now is exactly the right time to pass on the baton,” stated Cescau. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to lead such a great business. I leave with a real sense of pride in what has been achieved, but also great confident in the company’s ability to pursue the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Polman currently serves as executive vice president and zone director for the Americas at Nestle SA. He joined Nestle in 2006 as chief financial officer. Before that he had a 26-year career at Procter & Gamble, culminating as group president of Europe, a post he held from 2001 to 2005.
“Patrick has had an outstanding career. We are greatly in his debt for the transformation he has brought over the last four years. The performance of the business has improved markedly under his leadership. Liked and admired in equal measure, Patrick leaves a substantial record on which to build,” stated Michael Treschow, chairman of Unilever. “At the same time, we are very pleased to welcome Paul Polman. He is a great talent with significant international experience and an excellent track record. He has all the attributes necessary to build on Patrick’s achievements. We are delighted that he has agreed to join the business and to lead Unilever into the next stage of its development.”
MAC to provide real-time updates from 2009 fashion shows
LONDON MAC Cosmetics has announced that it will use the micro-blogging service, Twitter, to provide real-time updates from behind the scenes of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2009 fashion shows.
At the upcoming New York (Sept. 5 to 12), London (Sept. 14 to 19), Milan (Sept. 21 to 26) and Paris (Sept. 27 to Oct. 5) collections, the MAC Pro Team of makeup artists, fixtures at more than 175 fashion shows worldwide, will use Twitter to provide real-time updates about their experiences.
Twitter is a micro-blogging service available online and via any mobile phone. People “tweet” each other on their computer or phone through quick, frequent exchanges limited to 140 characters.
To participate, visit the MAC Cosmetics Facebook page and subscribe to the MAC S/S’09 Twitter widget on the right column. Users can download the widget on their social network profiles, blogs and desktops.
Bonne Bell children’s cosmetics bags recalled
WASHINGTON The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the voluntary recall of Bonne Bell children’s cosmetics accessory bags due to a risk of lead exposure.
No injuries or incidents have been reported, according to the commission.
The cosmetics accessory bags, sold at retail stores and Bonne Bell’s Web site between September 2007 and August 2008, have a metal clasp on the handle that contains excessive levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested and can cause adverse health effects, the commission stated. The bags were manufactured in China and retail for about $9.
The recalled accessory bags are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. They come with an assortment of cosmetic products, which are not part of the recall. The model name and UPC numbers are located on the hangtag. The recalled model names and UPC numbers involved in the recall are:
- SMACKERS Sweet Treats Collection UPC 0 50051 50575 7
- SMACKERS Sparkle & Shine Collection UPC 0 50051 50576 4
- SMACKERS Glam It Up Collection UPC 0 50051 50577 1
- BONNEBELL Natural Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22640 9
- BONNEBELL Pretty Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22641 6
- BONNEBELL Fresh Pinks Collection UPC 0 50051 22642 3
- BONNEBELL Glamorous Neutrals Collection UPC 0 50051 22643 0