Unilever has appointed Tim Munden, a Unilever veteran of 18 years, as vice president HR of the UK and Ireland business.
Munden joined Unilever as a graduate on the Unilever Future Leaders Programme after retiring from the Armed Forces for medical reasons. Since then, he has carved out a broad career around the globe, heading up the HR function for various divisions and departments including: supply chain (UK), research & development (UK), home and personal care (Europe), personal care (global), Unilever food solutions (Americas) and business support and IT (global).
Having spent his entire FMCG career at Unilever, Munden joins Amanda Sourry, chairman – UK and Ireland, James Bruce, vp – finance and Jill Ross Country leader for Ireland and vp customer development – as the fourth member of the board who started their Unilever careers as a graduate. Now placed as the vp HR, Munden said he has two ambitions: to ensure Unilever is the best FMCG company in the country and employees benefit from a highly attractive and competitive workplace.
Munden said: “My goal is to make Unilever the unquestioned employer of choice in the FMCG and retail industry. Talent and leadership development are two of my main focuses so our employees can enjoy long careers at Unilever, progressing with increasing challenges and levels of responsibilities to suit their ambitions, and benefiting from our ingrained ethos of agile working to make sure they can retain a healthy work-life balance. The fact I have worked for Unilever for so many years is testimony to my genuine passion for the company and the employee experience it offers. I look forward to building on this even further in my new role.”
Munden joins the board hot on the news after Unilever was named the Graduate Employer of Choice in Marketing in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards 2012 by final year students interested in pursuing a career within this sector. Unilever was also ranked within the Top 20 of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.