Unilever CMO Simon Clift to leave

Unilever chief marketing officer Simon Clift is to leave the consumer goods company within the next few months.

Simon Clift
Simon Clift

Clift has been with Unilever since 1982 and was Unilever’s first chief marketing officer.

He is not thought to have a job to go to.

He has held marketing positions with the company in the UK, Portugal, Austria and Mexico.

A Unilever spokesperson says: “After almost 30 years with Unilever, chief marketing officer Simon Clift, has decided it’s time to move on, and intends to retire from the company in a few months’ time. It’s a completely amicable parting, prompted by his desire to spend more time with his family in Brazil and to pursue other creative opportunities.”

In his role as CMO, Clift was responsible for developing Unilever’s marketing strategy across all categories for brands such as Dove and Lynx.

This morning Unilever revealed its global media agency roster following a six month review.

Mindshare will handle its media planning and buying account in Western Europe including the UK, North America and Canada.

The story was first broken this morning by Stuart Smith on his Marketing Week blog “The Politics of Marketing.”

To read Marketing Week’s profile on Simon Clift click here

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