Pier-Luigi Sigismondi

President, Southeast Asia and Australasia, Unilever

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Pier-Luigi Sigismondi is President, SEAA, Unilever since July 1, 2016. He is responsible for the P/L and total performance of one of Unilever’s most dynamic and fast-growing clusters comprising ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand.

Pier-Luigi joined Unilever and its Executive Board (ULE) in September 2009 as Chief Supply Chain Officer where he led a global operation consisting of 240 industrial sites delivering goods across 190 country operations around the world. In that role, he was accountable for Unilever’s end-to-end value chain and created one of the best Supply Chains in the FMCG industry.

Pier-Luigi is a Non-Executive Member of the Supervisory Board of Rexel SA and is the Chairman of the Strategic Committee of Rexel SA. He is also a Non­ Executive Director on the Board of Ben & Jerry’s.

In 2002, Pier Luigi joined Nestle SA as Vice President of Corporate Operations Strategies, based in Switzerland. He was responsible for industrial strategies and the restructuring of the group worldwide, as well as for management of global cost improvement programmes. Pier Luigi led the Innovation Acceleration initiatives for Nestle across all the business categories. He moved to Nestle Mexico in 2005 as Vice- President of Operations and R&D.

Holding a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Pier-Luigi started his career with Booz Allen & Hamilton as an industrial engineer and worked in several industries (aerospace, automotive and appliances among others), heading several multi-national assignments in the US and Europe.

He joined global management consultancy AT Kearney in 1997 and became Vice President of operations in Italy. Focusing on strategic procurement, manufacturing and logistics across industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, appliances and retail, he led numerous assignments in South East Asia, Europe and the Americas .

Pier Luigi’s main interests are motor racing, flying planes, sports, and reading.