Before joining Avon as CEO in February 2018, Jan Zijderveld had a 30 year career at Unilever. Born in the Netherlands and educated in New Zealand, he started as a marketer with Unilever’s business in New Zealand and has grown through a truly international career since then.
During his last seven years at Unilever, he served as a member of the Executive Committee and President of Unilever's $14 billion European business. Jan believes in growing brands and businesses by connecting with consumers and citizens and bringing a company's purpose to life.
“It is my firm belief that the incredibly fast pace at which the world is changing, means that more than ever before, we need to understand and serve the needs of consumers today. We need to reinvent ourselves to stay relevant in the way we do business. I believe that we must put purpose first as we pioneer new ways of doing well by doing good.”