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Gail Klintworth assumes chairmanship of GlobeScan

Gail Klintworth, former CSO of Unilever South Africa, has been appointed chairperson of global insights and strategy firm, GlobeScan. She succeeds Doug Miller, who retired on December 31.

Gail is an experienced strategic and operational executive with a demonstrated history of working globally across diverse sectors with business, civil society and governmental organisations.

"GlobeScan is a business that has a unique capability in helping leaders and businesses to build trust through its evidenced insight, stakeholder research and deep understanding of the role institutions can and must play as members of a thriving society," she said."Helping to guide the Board of Directors and talented team will be a great privilege.”

Chris Coulter, GlobeScan CEO, said the company was honoured to have Gail guide its strategic direction and help it deliver on its purpose of building trusted leadership to create a better future.

"Gail is an extraordinary business executive, sustainability thought leader and inspired leader. She is perfectly placed to help us be more effective in driving positive change in the world and build upon the legacy of GlobeScan’s previous Chairs, Doug Miller and Lord Holme.”

Gail’s executive career roles have included Chief Sustainability Officer for Unilever, globally positioning the group as a pioneer in corporate sustainability. She has over 30 years’ experience with varied roles in human resources, marketing, sustainability and corporate affairs across Unilever’s foods, home care and personal care businesses.

She served as Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of Unilever South Africa and executive vice president for Unilever’s savoury category. Subsequently, she was an executive at Old Mutual Group, designing and leading the company’s Positive Futures Plan, a corporate strategy to drive sustainable and inclusive growth across its markets.

Gail also holds several other portfolio roles including Chair of the Shell Foundation, Chair of Integrity Action. She also acts as an Non-Executive Director and Advisor to select set of listed and private Boards and serves as a Special Advisor on Special Economic Zones and Clusters with SYSTEMIQ, an advisory and investment business which was founded to help drive systemic change to a more sustainable economy.

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