Unilever NV and PLC Notification of Changes to the Boards
Unilever today announced that it is proposing that Ms Laura M. Cha and Ms Mary Ma join the Boards as Non-Executive Directors. They will be proposed for election to the Boards at the Annual General Meetings on 15 May 2013.
Laura Cha is a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and a Hong Kong delegate to the 11th National People’s Congress of China. Mrs Cha is an independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc and China Telecom Corporation Limited, as well as Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Asia Pacific subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc.
Mary Ma was appointed Chairman of Boyu Capital, a private equity fund, in 2011. Prior to Boyu Capital, Ms Ma was both a Partner of TPG Capital and co-Chairman of TPG China and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer of the information/telecommunication Lenovo group. Ms Ma still serves on the Lenovo Board and has been its Non-Executive Vice Chairman since 2007. She has also been a member of the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 2009 and a member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors since 2000.
Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever, said: “I am very pleased that Laura and Mary have agreed to be proposed to join the Boards. They are both distinguished in their respective fields and will bring additional expertise to the Boards. In particular, they will bring knowledge and understanding of emerging markets, a prime driver of Unilever’s growth. I am sure together they will add considerably to the business.”
Laura M. Cha
Nationality: Chinese. Born: 1949
Laura M Cha GBS, JP, is a non-official member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and a Hong Kong delegate to the 11th National People’s Congress of China. She is an independent non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc and China Telecom Corporation Limited, as well as Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Asia Pacific subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale School of Management and a senior international advisor for Foundation Asset Management AB. Mrs Cha worked in the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to early 2001, then became the first person outside Mainland China to join the Chinese Central Government at the vice-ministerial rank when she was appointed as Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission in 2001. She stayed in that post until 2004. Mrs Cha was educated in the US, with a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a JD degree from the University of Santa Clara, and she is a member of the State Bar of California. She practiced law in the 1980s in San Francisco with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, and in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers.
Nationality: Chinese. Born: 1952
Mary Ma was appointed Chairman of Boyu Capital, a private equity fund in 2011. Prior to Boyu, Ms Ma was the Partner of TPG Capital and co-Chairman of TPG China where she primarily focused on investments in the Greater China region. Before joining TPG, Ms Ma was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lenovo Group. She still serves the Lenovo Board as Non-Executive Vice Chairman since 2007. She is also an independent director of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and Non-Executive Director of Wumart Stores. Ms Ma has been a member of the Listing Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 2009, a member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors since 2000, and was a member of the Dean’s Council of the Kennedy School of Harvard University from 2002-2007. Prior to joining Lenovo she worked for The Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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