Unilever's global CIO takes his leave after seven years

Neil Cameron heads off...

Consumer goods giant Unilever has appointed a new global CIO following the departure of Neil Cameron.

Cameron left the company after seven years in the role.

Neil Cameron

Former Unilever global CIO, Neil Cameron
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Cameron, who featured in silicon.com's most recent CIO50 list of the UK's top 50 IT chiefs, was brought in as Unilever's first ever dedicated CIO in 2003, from drinks giant Diageo.

In recent years at Unilever, cost-cutting and streamlining IT were key priorities for the CIO.

Unilever said Cameron has left to pursue other opportunities.

He continues to hold board and non-executive positions, including being a member of the board of advisors at HP; on the advisory board at Leading Edge Forum; and a non-executive director at Which?.

Unilever confirmed it has "recently" appointed Cameron's replacement. Willem Eelman, previously its senior VP of finance and IT for Western Europe, has been promoted to the global CIO position, taking responsibility for a 2,700-strong global IT department, 85,000 desktops and an annual IT budget of around €800m.

Eelman has been with Unilever for more than 15 years, occupying a variety of roles across different divisions of the company - including director of M&A; VP of integration; and finance and IT director.