Chief Executive Officer
Jan Zijderveld is Chief Executive Officer and a director of Avon Products, Inc., a company that has empowered and inspired women for 130 years. Mr. Zijderveld joined the company in February 2018. He is responsible for driving new long term growth initiatives, developing earnings opportunities for women and advancing Avon as the world’s premier direct seller of quality beauty products.
Mr. Zijderveld, previously served 30 years with Unilever N.V./PLC, where he rose to a member of the Executive Committee and President of Unilever’s $14 billion European business in 2011. In this role, he oversaw operations in 34 countries and 25,000 employees, effectively returning the business to growth and improved profitability during significantly challenging market conditions.
Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President in South East Asia and Australasia and Non-Executive Chairman of Unilever’s listed Indonesian business from 2008-2011.
In earlier roles, he served as CEO of Unilever, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 2007-2008 and Chairman of Arabia and Iran within Unilever MENA from 2004-2007, after serving in a number of leadership positions across Europe, Australia and New Zealand in General Management, marketing, sales and distribution.