Heineken N.V appoints Unilever’s COO as Board Member

Multinational Brewer, Heineken N.V has nominated Chief Operating Officer of Unilever, Nitin Paranjpe for appointment as member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V.

Paranjpe is also a member of the Unilever Leadership Executive, was the youngest CEO in the history of Hindustan Unilever and was credited as a man who turned around the fortunes of the business in a tough macro-economic environment; he has been a part of the Unilever family for over 30 years; serving as Chief Operating Officer of Unilever since May 2019. Prior to his position as COO, Paranjpe led Unilever’s global Food and Refreshment as well as its global Homecare division. He joined Unilever at Hindustan Lever Limited (India) in 1987 where he held various roles in marketing and sales. Over the years, he has worked in Europe and Asia and has gained extensive experience, amongst others, by delivering strategic transformation and growth initiatives, accelerating digital capabilities through new data-driven tools, and acquisitions of strategic purpose-led businesses that reshaped Unilever’s portfolio.

Speaking on the appointment, Jean-Marc Huët, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V said: “We are very pleased with Nitin Paranjpe’s nomination. Given Nitin’s successful career and extensive global experience at Unilever, particularly in Asia, he will add valuable FMCG experience to our Supervisory Board. Nitin’s consumer and customer-centric insights will be highly valuable to HEINEKEN, as the company embarks on its next growth phase in which it aims to increase adaptability in a dynamic environment. His experience in mature and emerging markets and Asian background will also further strengthen the diversity within our Supervisory Board.”

Paranjpe will be succeeding Christophe Navarre, current member of the Supervisory Board, who will reach his maximum tenure upon conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in 2021.

Jean-Marc Huët, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V. commented: “We have been very fortunate having Christophe Navarre on our Supervisory Board; he has been of great value in our discussions over the past years in which we benefited from his knowledge, international experience and strong belief in HEINEKEN as a long-term growth company.”


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