VP, Sustainable Business, Communications and External Affairs EU, UNILEVER

Annick Boyen is VP Communications Global Market and Head of External Affairs Europe at Unilever. She leads a team of seasoned advocacy, media, issues, sustainability and external affairs experts who drive Unilever’s purpose of Making Sustainable Living Commonplace. At Unilever, we believe this is the best long-term way for our business to grow.

Annick business partners Unilever’s chief operating office, working in service of the markets to build reputation equity and growth via purpose, advocacy, partnerships and sustainable innovation.

Annick previously worked as a regional CEO of a publicly listed international consultancy, where she led the Benelux operation. She has over 20 years of experience, driving legislative and reputation-shaping campaigns across multiple markets. She provided strategic guidance, operational management and oversight to KPI delivery in both mature and fast-growing markets across Europe. Her guidance and programs have been acknowledged by five awards, including integrated public relations and public affairs honours at regional and global levels. In addition to her award-winning client work, Annick’s responsibilities included the strategic development and growth of the office and teams, P&L, talent retention and people management.

Annick is fluent in Dutch, English and French, and is a regular guest lecturer at the International Executive Program for Corporate Communications of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and has been a jury member for international awards such as Cannes Lions and SABRE.

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