Consumer Goods Giant Unilever Reduces 1,500 Managers


London — Unilever, which manufactures Vaseline skin care products and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, says it will fire 1,500 staff as part of a company-wide restructuring.

The proposed changes said Tuesday that it would mean a reduction in senior management jobs by about 15% and a reduction in junior management roles by 5%. London-based consumer goods giant employs 149,000 people worldwide.

Unilever said in a statement posted on its website that the changes under discussion would not affect the factory team.

The reorganization will bring the company into five different groups: beauty and welfare, personal care, home care, nutrition and ice cream.

The shakeup “makes us more sensitive to consumer and channel trends and provides clear accountability for delivery,” said CEO Alan Jope.

This month, the company placed an unsolicited £ 50 billion ($ 67 billion) bid to buy GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare division, plunging its stake and slamming major investor backlash. Immediately after the news that it caused it, a renewal took place.

Unilever has more than 400 consumer brands, including Hermann Mayonnaise, Lipton Tea, Dove Thorpe and Lexona Deodorant.

Associated Press

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