Mairead Nayager joins Unilever as global CPO


Mairead will join the multinational fast-moving consumer goods company as of 1 June 2024.

Unilever has appointed Mairead Nayager as its global CPO, effective 1 June. Mairead will succeed Nitin Paranjpe, who will be retiring from the company later this year.

Bringing a wealth of experience to the table, Mairead currently serves as the CHRO of Haleon, a prominent British multinational consumer healthcare company. Prior to her tenure at Haleon, she held the position of CHRO at Diageo from 2015 to 2022.

In her new role as CPO, Mairead will lead Unilever’s global human resources strategy, ensuring the organisation continues to attract, retain, and develop top talent. She will also be expected to play a pivotal role in driving the company’s people agenda forward, aligning it with Unilever’s overarching business objectives.

Unilever has a prominent presence in Africa with operations in many countries: South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

“I am very grateful to Nitin for everything he has done in the company.He will continue as the chair of Hindustan Unilever for the foreseeable future. And I am very grateful that he will use all his expertise and experience in that key role,” Unilever chief executive officer Hein Schumacher said.

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