Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey-based Unilever U.S. named Terry Thomas as EVP of customer development. He succeeds Gina Boswell, who is retiring after eight years at the company.
Thomas joined Unilever more than six years ago, leading the East Grocery accounts as well as the dollar/value, emerging and military channels. In 2018, Thomas took over leadership for the Unilever U.S. Grocery business, as well as the natural and direct store delivery channels, accounting for nearly 50 percent of the U.S. business. Unilever said Thomas has a proven track record of delivering results while driving greater operational discipline and efficiency. As a member of the company’s diversity and inclusion board, he also plays a role in advancing the organization’s diversity agenda.
Unilever said Boswell’s legacy includes many “firsts” such as gaining U.S. hair care share leadership in U.S. for the first time, establishing a true beauty and personal care culture with unique media partnerships, having foresight to create the company’s first e-commerce/digital organization and being instrumental in a number of founder-based acquisitions. She held various positions during her time at Unilever, including EVP, personal care Unilever North America and EVP and chairman for Unilever U.K. & Ireland.
Boswell joined Unilever via the company’s acquisition of Alberto Culver, where as a named executive officer, she was global brand president responsible for the growth of TreSemmé and Nexxus, among other brands.