Paul Polman

Quick Facts

Full NamePaulus Gerardus Josephus Maria Polman
Date of Birth11 July 1956
Place of BirthEnschede, Netherlands
Education– BBA/BA from University of Groningen – MA in Economics and MBA in Finance and International Marketing from University of Cincinnati
Years Active1979–present
TitleFormer CEO, of Unilever
Notable Contributions– Set ambitious vision to decouple business growth from environmental footprint – Increased company’s positive social impact through Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – Provided superior returns during tenure as Unilever CEO
Notable Ventures– Co-founded Imagine organization to eradicate poverty, inequality, and stem climate change – Founding Co-Chair of EQT Future impact fund – Board member and major shareholder of Systemiq environmental consultancy firm – Venture Capital investor
Early Life– Born and grew up in Enschede, Netherlands – Raised in a Catholic family with five siblings – Originally wanted to become a doctor – Studied at the University of Groningen and University of Cincinnati

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