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Nestle’s Polman to succeed Cescau as new Unilever group chief executive

BY Antoinette Alexander

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.”

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Shoppers Drug Mart to debut Murale beauty concept store

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO Shoppers Drug Mart has revealed details of its new retail beauty concept store, dubbed Murale, set to open in November.

“Murale is a beauty masterpiece that will give access to the most innovative and leading beauty products, services, consultation and advice,”stated Jurgen Schreiber, president and chief executive officer of Shoppers Drug Mart. “In developing this concept we truly had no boundaries or borders, allowing us to select the finest products and expert services in beauty.”

The company plans to launch two stores by year-end. The first location will be in Ottawa in Place D’Orleans in November. Soon after, MuraleOs first flagship store will open in Galerie Place Ville-Marie in Montreal.

Murale will showcase more than 200 dermatological, luxury beauty, fragrance and niche brands. Within the dermatological and niche categories, Murale will debut lines never before available in Canada and some first to North America.

What also will set Murale apart from the competition, according to Shoppers Drug Mart, is the expertise available within the stores. The stores will employ beauty and fragrance experts and makeup artists who will be on hand to offer beauty advice and help shoppers find the right brands, palettes and fragrances.

Shoppers also will be greeted by professional service advisors, including a skin care team comprised of an aesthetician, a pharmacist and a skin care professional.

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Kim Berg appointed director of evaluation for Drom

BY Antoinette Alexander

TOWACO, N.J. Drom Fragrances, which is in the midst of a restructuring and expansion process, has appointed Kim Berg director of evaluation.

Berg has been with drom for more than four years. She started as a senior evaluator, working in both fine fragrance and personal care. Her latest position before being promoted was that of evaluation manager.

In her new role, Berg will be responsible for all evaluation activities in both the New York as well the New Jersey locations. She will also be in charge of the department’s long-term strategy and the international coordination with drom’s German headquarters. She will be located in the company’s Towaco, N.J. creative center.

The latest new member to Berg’s evaluation team is Judith Chan. She will be working as a fragrance evaluator in drom’s downtown New York City fine fragrance studio. Chan joins the company from Ungerer & Co., where she had worked for five years. In her new role, Chan will work on drom’s fine fragrance accounts.

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