Burgmans rises at Unilever

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Antony Burgmans will succeed Morris Tabaksblat as chairman of Unilever NV and vice chairman of Unilever PLC after the Anglo-Dutch company's shareholders meeting May 4. Mr. Burgmans, now vice chairman of Unilever NV, was widely speculated as the front-runner to succeed Mr. Tabaksblat atop the Dutch arm of the company since Mr. Tabaksblat announced last year he would retire from Unilever to chair Reed Elsevier, the Anglo-Dutch information services company. Like Niall FitzGerald, the chairman of Unilever's British arm who has launched reorganizations of the management structure and marketing practices, Mr. Burgmans has a reputation as a streamliner, said company watchers.

Copyright February 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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