Unilever CEO, Paul Polman visits Nigeria
As part of his visit to Africa, Unilever’s CEO, Paul Polman visited Nigeria
Mr. Polman’s visit reaffirms Unilever’s continuing commitment to growing its business in Nigeria. With a 91 year history in Nigeria, Unilever has touched the lives of millions of Nigerian consumers through great brands like Close Up, Blue Band, Knorr, Royco, Lipton, Pears baby range, Vaseline, Lux, OMO, Sunlight, Pepsodent and Lifebuoy.
During his visit Mr. Polman emphasized Unilever’s long term commitment to Nigeria. He said: “In the last 3 years we have invested $200 million in Nigeria; this is in keeping with our strategic ambition to grow our business in Nigeria in the coming years.
“As we grow our business, we also showcase the huge business opportunities in Nigeria, and invite other investors to set up businesses in Nigeria. In July this year, we organized the ‘Partner to Win’ Africa Investment Conference in Lagos, Nigeria.
“This conference brought together supplier representatives from across the world who met with Unilever senior executives to discuss investment opportunities and explore strategic partnerships” he said.
During his visit, Mr Polman also met with Nigeria’s leaders including the Honourable Minister for Finance & Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN). At his meeting with these leaders, Mr. Polman expressed his confidence in Nigeria’s economic outlook and underlined Unilever’s commitment to growing its business sustainably in Nigeria while delivering innovative products that help Nigerian consumers look good, feel good and get more out of life.
Mr. Polman also announced Unilever’s donation of 750,000 bars of Lifebuoy soap to support the government’s efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.
Mr. Polman rounded up his trip with a trade visit which saw him visit neighbourhood shops in Lagos. Through this visit he gained more understanding of the shopper experience in Nigeria and also identified opportunities Unilever Nigeria could leverage to serve the Nigerian consumer better.