Aline Santos to leave Unilever after 35 years

Adgully Bureau |

Aline Santos Farhat, a key figure in Unilever's marketing and diversity efforts, has announced her departure from the company after 35 years. Serving as both Chief Brand Officer and Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Santos held a unique dual role within the FMCG giant.

She wrote on her LinkedIn: "I am leaving Unilever at the end of March to embark on a whole new adventure (details of which are unknown even to me!). Am I nervous? Yes! But I am also so ready to embrace the Unknown! For I know that I am so abundantly blessed in so many ways."

Santos joined Unilever in 1989 as a marketing trainee and steadily climbed the ranks, taking on positions across various regions including Brazil and Latin America. In 2015, she was appointed Executive Vice President for Global Marketing, showcasing her impressive leadership skills.

With Santos' departure, the global marketing team will now report directly to Chief Growth & Marketing Officer Esi Eggleston Bracey, while the global equity, diversity & inclusion team will be integrated into the HR department. Unilever has yet to confirm if they will seek a direct replacement for Santos' multifaceted role.

This news arrives amidst a period of change for Unilever. CEO Hein Schumacher recently acknowledged the need for performance improvement, shortly after expressing intentions to move away from forcing a purpose-driven approach onto its brands. Santos' exit adds another layer of evolution to the company's future direction.