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After close to four decades with Unilever, chief marketing officer Keith Weed is to retire from the business.

Weed will leave the FMCG giant in May next year. Unilever has not confirmed who will be stepping up to take on the top marketing role.

His departure follows on from Alan Jope being appointed to the position of chief executive, taking over from outgoing exec Paul Polman. 

Weed said: “I have had a hugely enjoyable time with the company, with a range of positions in different countries. In my current role, I have been privileged to lead some of the best marketing, sustainability and communication teams in the world.

"As the world’s second largest advertiser, we have been able to leverage our scale for effectiveness and efficiencies, and we have also been able to leverage our scale for good, leading for greater responsibility, transparency and accountability in the advertising and digital industry."

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