Newell Rubbermaid Names Unilever’s Polk To Board Of Directors

Newell Rubbermaid has announced the election of Michael B. Polk to the company’s board of directors, raising the total number of directors to 12. Polk, 49, is President of Unilever Americas with responsibility for $18 billion in combined North America and Latin America sales.
Since joining Unilever in 2005, Polk has streamlined the company’s Americas organization and optimized the diverse mix of food, hygiene and personal care items in Unilever’s product portfolio. He is credited with accelerating growth and profitability by improving efficiencies and encouraging the flow of ideas and product innovations across borders. Under Polk’s leadership, Unilever was named Wal-Mart’s Supplier of the Year in 2008.
“Michael brings outstanding global marketing, consumer innovation and operations leadership to our board,” said William D. Marohn, Chairman of Newell Rubbermaid’s board of directors. “He has overseen billion-dollar brands, managed portfolios of diverse product categories and navigated complex geographies—all very relevant to the growth and transformation of Newell Rubbermaid.”
“Our organization will greatly benefit from Michael’s insights and experience,” said Mark Ketchum, Newell Rubbermaid’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “His strategy of achieving consumer intimacy on a global scale matches our own brand-building initiatives.”