Emily Pittman appointed to run Unilever Ireland

25th November 2019

Posted In: So In Demand

Last month {October} the appointment of Emily Pittman to Vice President and General Manager for Unilever Ireland was announced.

Based at the company’s head office in Citywest, Dublin, Emily takes responsibility for growing Unilever’s business in Ireland, working in partnership with the manufacturer’s retail and wholesale customers.  She will lead the Irish sales and marketing team and report to Sebastian Munden, Unilever’s EVP and General Manager for the UK and Ireland.  Emily joined Unilever two years ago as part of the UK and Ireland executive leadership team with responsibilities for revenue growth and strategic development.

Welcoming her appointment, Sebastian Munden said: “We’re delighted that Emily is taking up this important leadership role.  She brings a wealth of experience, energy and expertise – a combination I know will drive forward our business in Ireland.”

Commenting on her new position, Emily said: “The many similarities between Ireland and my native New Zealand, particularly our shared love of rugby, makes moving to Ireland feel like coming home.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know our customers, as well as my talented Irish colleagues.  As one of Ireland’s largest FMCG companies, I’m excited to get started and build on the success that has already been established with some of the nation’s most loved brands.  I have a strong passion for women in business and I hope I can create an example for how women can lead and be people-first, authentic leaders.”

Prior to joining Unilever, Emily held senior strategy and revenue growth roles at Coca-Cola UK and Ireland and has several years’ experience working for FMCG consultancies.  Emily is originally from New Zealand and is moving to Dublin with her family.  She succeeds Nick Johnson, who spent five years in the role and is moving to a global position within the company.

Unilever is one of the largest FMCG companies in Ireland employing close to 100 people across two operations in Dublin and Cork.  Primarily engaged with the marketing and distribution of food, home care and personal care products, its portfolio includes iconic brands such as: HB ice cream, Lyons Tea, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Dove, Lynx, Persil and Cif.