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Report: Gillette to limit marketing featuring Tiger Woods

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Men’s grooming brand Gillette will limit Tiger Woods’ role in its marketing, according to a New York Times report. The news came one day after the golf pro said he was taking an “indefinite break” from golf to focus on his marriage after he admitted to infidelities.

On Woods’ Web site he stated: “I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.”

Woods has been a Gillette spokesperson since 2007, when he signed a four-year deal that pays him more than $5 million a year, the NYT reported. His off-course earnings total more than $100 million annually from endorsements and other businesses.

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Unilever to close Calif.-based manufacturing plant

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever is shuttering its manufacturing plant in City of Industry, Calif., which manufacturers such personal care brands as Dove, Suave and Axe, and shifting the production to other company facilities in the United States, the company announced on Thursday.

The plant’s closure will affect 61 salaried and hourly employees.

Production from City of Industry will be transferred to Unilever sites in Jefferson City, Mo., and Raeford, N.C., in several phases beginning by the second quarter of 2010 and to be completed in the third quarter 2010.

City of Industry plant production is expected to finish during the third quarter of 2010, with the final plant closing expected to occur during that same time period.

“Continually achieving greater efficiencies across our supply chain network is essential to our business,” stated Dennis Myers, supply leader. “An extensive and careful analysis has shown that greater efficiencies can be achieved by shifting production to other company plants in the United States. This decision was not easily made, and in no way reflects the dedication or performance of our colleagues at the City of Industry facility.”

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Unilever’s CFO to leave company by year-end

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON Unilever CFO, James Lawrence, will leave the company at the end of the year, the company announced on Thursday. A successor has not yet been named.

Lawrence, who joined the company in September 2007, will make himself available in the New Year to facilitate a smooth transition.

“It’s been an excellent time for me and I have made many good friends among my colleagues in the company. I’m delighted that Unilever is in such great shape for our shareholders and, having seen the company through an important period of transition, I’m now looking forward to pursuing new opportunities,” Lawrence stated.

Added Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, “We’d all like to thank Jim for the valuable experience and perspective he brought to Unilever during an important period in the company’s development. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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