Unilever Promotes Terry Thomas to Executive VP

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Unilever Promotes Terry Thomas to Executive VP

08/16/2019
Terry Thomas of Unilever
Terry Thomas

Unilever has promoted senior vice president Terry Thomas to executive vice president of customer development. He succeeds Gina Boswell, who retired after eight successful years at the company.

Thomas joined Unilever in 2013, leading the east grocery accounts as well as the dollar/value, emerging and military channels. In 2018, Thomas took over leadership for the Unilever U.S. grocery business as well as the natural and direct store delivery channels, accounting for nearly half of the U.S. business. 

Thomas has a proven track record of delivering results while driving greater operational discipline and efficiency, according to the company. As a member of the Unilever Diversity & Inclusion Board, he also plays a significant role in advancing the Unilever U.S. diversity agenda.

Boswell’s legacy at Unilever includes many firsts, such as: 

  • gaining U.S. haircare share leadership in the U.S. 
  • establishing a true beauty and personal care culture with unique media partnerships
  • having the foresight to create the company’s first e-commerce/digital organization
  • being instrumental in a number of founder-based acquisitions

Well-respected for her first-class brand-building, management and leadership skills, Boswell held various positions during her time at Unilever, including executive vp, personal care for Unilever North America, and evp and chairman for Unilever U.K. & Ireland. 

Boswell joined Unilever via the company’s acquisition of Alberto Culver, where as a named executive officer she was global brand president responsible for the rapid growth of TRESemme and Nexxus, among other brands.

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