Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas to customer development role

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Unilever U.S. names Terry Thomas to customer development role

By David Salazar - 08/16/2019
Unilever U.S. has appointed a new executive vice president of customer development. Terry Thomas assumed the role, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Gina Boswell, who is retiring after eight years with the company.

Thomas has been with Unilever for more than six years and has led the company’s East grocery accounts, dollar/value, emerging and military channels. He took over leadership of the company’s grocery business and the natural and direct store delivery channels — which account for more than 50% of the U.S. business. He also serves as a member of the company’s diversity and inclusion board.

The company noted that Boswell’s time at the company has included such milestones as gaining leadership in the U.S. hair care space for the first time and using unique media partnerships to build a beauty and personal care culture, as well as the creation of the company’s first digital/e-commerce organization. She also was instrumental in various founder-based acquisitions. She has held such positions as executive vice president of personal care for Unilever North America and executive vice president and chairman for Unilever U.K. and Ireland. She joined the company as part of its acquisition of Alberto Culver, where she was global brand president for Tresemmé and Nexxus, among other brands.