Paul Polman is the Dutch businessman best known for his leadership of transnational consumer goods company, Unilever. The entrepreneur graduated with a degree from the University of Groningen in 1977 before completing a Masters degrees just 2 years later at the University of Cincinnati.
Polman is a former chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and sits on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, leading its sustainability efforts. He was conferred the title of Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2018 for services to business.
Mr Polman entered Unilever in complete support of the Remain campaign, making a case for possible inflation in prices of consumer goods if Brexit came to fruition.
For a brief period, his predictions about the prices of FMCG did come true when in 2017 the prices shot up as the pound weakened in comparison to the Euro.
Unilever has also moved its HQ from London to Amsterdam in the wake of Brexit, which presents a threat to the UK as the company employs thousands of British workers.