Our South African leadership team biographies provide additional details about our key personnel across Unilever South Africa.
Executive Vice President, Unilever South Africa
With over 28 years’ experience in the FMCG industry, Luco joined Unilever in August 2013 as Vice President for Unilever West Africa. During his tenure he was responsible for developing Unilever business in the 13 countries west of Nigeria, which includes 3 operating companies (Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, and Niger) and representation offices.
Since having joined the Unilever South Africa business as Executive Vice President in January 2017, his focus has been to deliver consistent profitable, competitive and sustainable growth for Unilever South Africa. This means building a purpose-led and future-fit business, while making sure that we offer superior products, however, whenever, and wherever people shop.
Luco strongly believes that as a team we can build a brighter future for South Africa and truly make sustainable living commonplace.
Recently appointed as Vice President, Supply Chain for Southern Africa. Joined as Finance Management trainee in 1998. Prior to moving to South Africa, was VP for Supply Chain Mexico and Caribbean. Has worked on integrating supply chain end-to-end and has driven improvements in safety, quality, customer service as well as costs and cash to generate growth.
Been responsible for planning, production and restructuring projects in Latin America, as well as overseeing construction of the aerosols facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
New to Unilever, but with 12 years’ FMCG experience, Hein loves technology and new gadgets, is passionate about education and believes technology can reduce education inequality on the African continent.
He has B.Engineering Electronics and MEng. in Technology Management degrees and most recently completed his MBA.
A father of three, including twins, Hein has been happily married for 10 years. His interests include experiencing new things, especially outdoors, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and bungee jumping.
He is an avid sports fan and proud supporter of any and all South African teams.
R&D Director Homecare, Africa & Regulatory Affairs Director, Africa
Joined in 2001 as graduate recruit in R&D. Has held various roles in R&D covering South Africa, the Africa Cluster, and the Africa, Middle East and Turkey region.
From 2012 she has led the R&D team for Beauty and Personal Care across Africa and more recently began leading R&D team for HomeCare for Africa, reporting to Gaby Slavsky, R&D VP Global Deploy.
Regulatory Affairs Director for Africa Cluster and R&D Site Leader, co-ordinating common R&D agenda across divisions with focus on Talent Management, Safety and Systems.
Wife and mom to a daughter and twin sons. Interests – gym for personal wellbeing, indigenous gardening and home renovations. Passionate about the opportunities in Africa.
Beauty and Personal Care Category Director, South Africa
Keegan has a rich career which he’s developed over 13years at Unilever. Starting in Supply chain after graduating with a B Com in Finance, Economics and Supply Chain. Keegan expanded the breadth of his business experience through time in Customer Development as Shopper Marketing Manager, and in Marketing as Marketing Manager before taking on the role of Marketing Director deodorants in October 2017.
As a testament to his passion, he has launched and grown leading beauty brands over the course of an accomplished career. With the characteristic courage of his convictions, Keegan has made a number of Unilever’s personal care brands a proud feature.
Keegan is armed with extensive understanding of the competitive market, and an always on learning mindset, giving him the edge to be positively disruptive and build truly purposeful brands.
A family man and father of two, he enjoys an active and connected lifestyle based on strong personal relationships.
CCVP Home Care, Africa
A seasoned business leader with over 20 years’ Business experience.
Diverse career includes Food and Personal Care categories locally and within the Africa region.
Extensive experience consulting for Blue Chip multinationals and Government departments.
Headed up 2010 FIFA World Cup Marketing Operations.
Her big passion is helping rewrite Africa’s Narrative.
Extensive experience in retail and professional channels. B.Sc. degree in Chemistry & Biochemistry
Joined Unilever where he spent his first seven years in R&D and Factory roles in South Africa and the United States.
Completed PGD in Marketing Management through correspondence and over the past 12 years, his roles have included Customer Development, Food Solutions, and Category Marketing spanning South Africa, Middle East, Pakistan and Africa.
Most recent role was as Country Director of Zambia, where he focused on resetting the business through RTM Transformation and driving Performance Culture.
Passionate about building team capability with strong track record of mentoring talent. Married to Aneesa – enjoys reading, travel and new experiences.
Corporate Affairs & Sustainable Business Director, South Africa
Joined Unilever 17 months ago, manages reputation, communication, compliance and sustainability. She is passionate about developing entrepreneurs and helping women and children in need. She has an MBA, on scholarship, accredited by the University of Wales.
Served as the Country Director for South African Breweries – now AB InBev – for twelve years prior to joining Unilever. Experience includes eight years in higher education management and ten years in retail property management.
Accolades include several Achiever Awards “for making an outstanding contribution to her community” and winner of one of two annual scholarships in the world by CASE – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Shobna’s purpose is to “Grow my family, my company and my country.” She is married with three children.
Stacey has 15 years’ experience in Unilever and leads the Africa Consumer Insights Team - a multi-country team that spans across South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and CDI.
She is responsible for showing the business where and how to win – leveraging consumer and shopper insights to ensure the business provides solutions to the unmet needs of people across the continent. She has worked across mix development and market deployment, giving her holistic vision and capabilities in end-to-end business leadership.
She is energised by unique challenges that demand creative solutions – and strongly believes that Africa’s VUCA context is a breeding ground for innovative approaches.
Notable highlights include her work on the development of Unilever’s internal AI platform which has become a critical component of how key business stores and democratises across the business. Under her leadership, the Africa insights team has become recognised as thought-leaders and pioneers in the research industry in areas such as mobile surveys and crowdsourcing.
Her greatest passion and achievement is being mum to two beautiful boys.
Leads 240 sales people and 4 500 Unilever Field Sales people through Unilever’s third-party partner, Smollan.
CD’s purpose is to create value for its many stakeholders. For Unilever’s shoppers Stefan and his teams aim to deliver relevant solutions when and where they are needed.
As CD VP, he continues to build a frictionless, digital path to purchase, resulting in a great experience both offline and online.
He also aims to create inclusive business models that sell brands with purpose, enabling Unilever to positively impact the communities within which we operate. Believes that living the Unilever purpose is a key enabler of Unilever delivering predictable, sustainable, and profitable growth to create value for our shareholders.
Being accountable, we can make a real impact as individuals, within the team, the larger business and ultimately in the communities where we live and operate.
Over 15 years’ experience in the legal profession - most as in-house counsel for various multinationals, in a wide range of industries, across the continent, including uranium mining, tobacco and financial services.
Worked as a General Counsel for the Africa subsidiaries of Areva and Japan Tobacco International – which exposed him to business in 22 countries.
Joined Unilever in October 2014 as General Counsel and a member of the leadership team for Unilever Market Development.
Recently served as the General Counsel and a member of the leadership team at Unilever Côte d’Ivoire based in Abidjan, responsible for legal matters concerning Unilever business in French West Africa.
Returned to South Africa in August 2019 to take up role of General Counsel South Africa. Married to Nosi and has two children Musarurwa and Maruva.