With the departure of Unilever's Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huët, Graeme Pitkethly, PwC alumnus and currently Unilever’s UK Executive Vice President, will take on the role. The new position will see Pitkethly responsible for the firm’s complete financial operations as well as become member of the Leadership Executive.
Pitkethly started his career at PwC in 1987, where over a period of nine years, he developed from Managing Consultant to Senior Manager, before leaving the firm in 1996 as a Director. Following his consulting career Pitkethly moved to FLAG Telecom where he worked as Vice President in Corporate Development for a number of years before moving to become Vice President of Finance – he worked for six years at the company, based in among others Bermuda, New York and London. In 2002 Pitkethly moved to Unilever to become its Group Chief Accountant in London, UK. In 2006 he moved to Indonesia to become the company’s CFO for the region, before returning to London in 2009 to take on the role of Head of Mergers & Acquisition. In 2011 he took on the Group Treasurer function for the organisation, before promoting to SVP Finance in the company’s Global Markets. Since 2014 he has been the Executive Vice President of Unilever's UK and Ireland business.
Pitkethly holds a BSc (Hons), in Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA).
It was recently announced that Pitkethly, from October 1st, will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer at Unilever. He will be taking over from Jean-Marc Huët, who last week decided to step down from his position. Pitkethly will through the promotion ascend to become member of the Leadership Executive.
"We welcome Graeme as Unilever's Chief Financial Officer and a member or the Unilever Leadership Executive as of 1 October 2015" says Paul Polman, Chief Executive of Unilever. "His broad financial experience, deep operating knowledge and track-record in both business and people development make him an ideal addition to help Unilever through the next stages of its transformation to a sustainable competitive and profitable company in its industry.”
Huët comments on his move: “I am now looking forward to ensuring a seamless transition to my successor, Graeme Pitkethly, and then spending some time deciding what new opportunities to pursue.”