The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Bola Adesola of Nigeria and Paul Polman of Netherlands to serve as Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact.
According to a statement by the United Nations New York, Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman succeed out-going United Nations Global Compact Board Vice-Chair, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and of Anglo American plc.
The duo had served on the board of the United Nations Global Compact before, “Both Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman have served on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact previously, and will bring to the position a wealth of experience in the private sector, in the corporate sustainability space and specifically with the United Nations Global Compact itself.”
A former Nigerian minister, Amina Mohammed, is currently the UN Deputy Secretary-General.
Giving an insight into their achievements, Ms. Adesola has served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Ltd since 2011 the statement reads. “She has over 25 years of banking experience, including at First Bank of Nigeria and at Citibank. Ms. Adesola holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Lagos Business School, as well as a law degree from the University of Buckingham.
Mr. Polman has served as Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 2009. Prior to joining Unilever, he worked at Nestlé S.A., and at Proctor and Gamble, where he spent 26 years. Mr. Polman holds degrees from the University of Groningen and from the University of Cincinnati.”
The secretary General, who looks forward to working with Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman, appreciated Sir Mark, the out-going United Nations Global Compact Board Vice-Chair.
“The Secretary-General extends his great appreciation to Sir Mark for serving in the position for the past ten years and shepherding the United Nations Global Compact into a new era.
As Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman, along with United Nations Global Compact Executive Director, Lise Kingo, as they lead the United Nations Global Compact, the entry point for business within the broader United Nations system.”