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Ivar Blanken

CFO, Unilever TUI

Seasoned CFO of large-scale consumer businesses

Greater New York City Area

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Ivar Blanken's Work Experience


CFO, Unilever TUI

2010 to 2011

Istanbul, Turkey


CFO, North America (to 2018)

Greater New York City Area



2011 to 2016

Istanbul, Turkey

Ivar Blanken's Education

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Post Graduate Controller (RC)

1994 to 1997

Universiteit Twente

M.Sc. Industrial Engineering, Major in Process Technology and Industrial Marketing

1985 to 1992

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CFO of Unilever’s operations in Turkey, Central Asia and Iran (TUI), revenues of €1,4bn.

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CFO, Unilever TUI @ Unilever CFO of Unilever’s operations in Turkey, Central Asia and Iran (TUI), revenues of €1,4bn. From 2010 to 2011 (1 year) Istanbul, TurkeyCFO, North America (to 2018) @ Unilever Unilever North America, with revenues of $10bn, covers operations in the United States (the largest Unilever subsidiary company at $9bn) and Canada. As CFO, I was a member of Unilever North America Executive Leadership Team. In addition, I was a Board Member of KainosSlimFast, where Unilever maintained a 33% stake after disposal of the business to Private Equity partner Kainos, and a Board Member on the Audit Committee of the PepsiLipton JV.Key achievements included: - delivering competitive top-line growth in both 2016 and 2017; - improving operating margin by +300bps in aggregate; - a substantial shift in the portfolio through acquisitions, disposals and new brand launches; - and a full exit from KainosSlimFast via an onward sale from Private Equity partner. Greater New York City AreaCFO, NAMETRUB @ Unilever Unilever NAMETRUB is one of eight Unilever Global Markets spanning 35 countries in North Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia and Russia with revenues of €4,5bn and growing mid-single digit. I was in the Senior Leadership Team of both NAMETRUB and TUI regions, and a member of the Global Markets and Category Finance Leadership Team. Responsibilities included performance management across the Market, investment planning (with Categories) and capability sharing/building.I was also the Board Member for Unilever Mashreq JV, a €300m joint venture with Fine Foods for Unilever’s operations in Egypt and the Levant countries. From 2011 to 2016 (5 years) Istanbul, TurkeyVP Finance, Global Business Transformation Program @ Unilever As part of Unilever’s response to KHC’s take-over offer, one of the commitments the business made to shareholders to unlock value was to deliver a 20% operating margin by 2020. To achieve this margin and to provide fuel to reinvest in the business, the Global Business Transformation and Spend Reduction Program was launched. As VP Finance, Business Transformation and Commercial Spend and Global Lead for this initiative, responsibilities include enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of spend through zero based budgeting (ZBB) and trade spend optimisation as well as providing strategic intervention to the “Future Fit” element of the Business Transformation with €3.5bn restructuring spend. From 2018 to 2020 (2 years) Greater New York City AreaVice President Finance and Controller, Unilever Americas @ Unilever As Controller of Unilever Americas (revenues of €13bn), reporting into SVP Finance Americas, I was a member of the Americas Leadership Team, the Americas Finance Leadership Team, the global Information Management Leadership Team and a member of the Controllers network.The role also included responsibility for managing the regional Finance function for Financial Accounting, Finance Shared Service Center for Latin America (run from Santiago de Chile and Sao Paolo), Risk Management (Sarbanes-Oxley), IT Finance, Investor Relations, and, Treasury/Tax planning. From 2007 to 2010 (3 years) Greater New York City AreaVice President Finance and IT, Unilever Greece @ Unilever Unilever Greece had revenues of approximately €500m. As part of the business, Elais-Unilever, it was listed on the Athens Stock Exchange with 33% of shares owned by third parties, the role of VP Finance and IT therefore included being a public company CFO. From 2003 to 2007 (4 years) GreeceFinance Director, Corporate Treasury @ Unilever As International Funding Manager, my responsibilities included the planning, structuring and issuance of Unilever’s corporate debt; management of debt investor relations; managing Unilever’s Group-1 banks; and managing the relationship with the rating agencies. The role provided support to acquisition and disposal activities when funding was involved (e.g. DiverseyLever disposal). These activities required close co-operation and co-ordination with the Tax, Legal, IR, M&A and Controllers functions of Unilever. From 2000 to 2003 (3 years) Rotterdam Area, Netherlands

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