Unilever poaches Amazon’s FMCG boss to lead beauty division

Unilever poaches Amazon’s FMCG boss to lead beauty division

Unilever has tapped the head of Amazon’s ‘Core Consumables’ division to lead its beauty and personal care business.

Sunny Jain joined Amazon in 2013 following a 16-year career at rival FMCG-business Procter and Gamble.

Over the past six years at Amazon, he has run the Core Consumables unit where he was responsible for brands selling their wares within the health and personal care, beauty and grooming, luxury beauty, grocery/food, baby and private label categories as well as its pharmacy subsidiary,

Unilever is seeing rapid growth from e-commerce. According to its latest figures, e-commerce is now responsible for 5% of the business and growing at 50%. But, like many brands, it's trying to work out the role for pureplay marketplaces like Amazon within its mix.

Bolstering that strategy was the hire of former Coca-Cola exec Marta Dalton as its new director of global e-commerce last August.

However, Alan Jope, the recently appointed chief executive, said Jain's “unique experience” made him “exceptionally well suited to help us deliver our growth ambitions” for the division, which represents 40% of the company’s turnover.

“Sunny also has a strong sense of purpose and is passionate about high performance, and will therefore undoubtedly be a highly valued addition to our team,” added Jope.

Jain will join Unilever, becoming a member of the leadership executive, in June.

He said: “[Unilever's] Beauty and Personal Care division boasts some of the world’s most iconic brands – Dove, Axe, Lifebuoy and Lux to name just a few – while the transformation of its portfolio and its move into high growth spaces such as Prestige and e-commerce make it well positioned for future success.

"I look forward to bringing my varied experience of the industry and deep passion for serving consumers.”

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