Chief Marketing Officer
Born in Chalfont St Giles, England in 1958, Simon Clift studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge.
After university he joined Unilever in 1982 as a management trainee in marketing at the UK personal care company, Elida Gibbs. Over the next nine years, he held various marketing positions in the UK, Portugal and Austria before becoming marketing director at Unilever Mexico in 1991.
In 1994 he returned to London to his 'home' company as marketing director.
In 1997 he was appointed managing director of Elida Gibbs Brazil, Unilever's second largest personal care business globally (after the US) and three years later became chairman of Unilever's Latin American Personal Care category, also based in São Paulo.
In January 2001, with the establishment of Unilever's global Home & Personal Care Division, he was appointed president of marketing and dragged reluctantly back from Brazil. In April 2005 with the further reorganisation of Unilever, he was appointed Group Vice-President for Personal Care. As such, he was directly responsible for the worldwide strategy, marketing, innovation and advertising of Unilever's €12 bio personal care business.
In June 2008 he relinquished his category responsibilities to focus full time on the role of global Chief Marketing Officer — Unilever's first. As such, he is responsible for how Unilever develops and executes its core function of marketing across all categories — incorporating worldwide advertising agency policy, market research, media planning and buying, marketing capability, talent development, recruitment and training. He is also responsible for the development of the Unilever company brand.
He is interested in music — particularly of the Baroque period — and the arts in general and is a season ticket holder at Chelsea. He lives in London with a counterfeit Brazilian Dalmatian, and, for part of the year at least, with his Brazilian foster son, but escapes more frequently than is decent to his home in Paraty, a fine colonial town on the coast in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
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