The Conference Board Former Vice President of Global Procurement
Uwe is a former Vice President of Global Supply Management at Unilever. After finishing his PhD in Chemistry, Uwe joined Lever Sunlicht in Mannheim as a development chemist in 1980. From 1983 to 1985 he worked in Port Sunlight England as a research scientist. From 1986 to 1987 he was responsible
for product development for Lever Germany and in the following two years, Uwe worked as head of production for detergent powders and liquids. In 1990, Uwe moved with his family to Brazil where he became responsible for the development department and quality assurance of Lever Division a Household
Products and Personal Care Market Leader.
In October 1992, Uwe moved from Sao Paulo to Buxtehude/Germany to become the works manager of the Elida Gibbs Personal Care factory. At the end of 1996, Uwe joined the Elida board in Germany as Technical Director. With the beginning of 1997 he
took over the position of Supply Director Personal Wash and Skin for Europe. In March 2001 Uwe started in the new role of Vice President Supply Management in HPC Division in London. In October 2005 his responsibilities were extended to leading procurement for both Foods and HPC in Unilever globally. At the beginning of 2009, Uwe founded Prosolvo GmbH. Focal areas for his new company are Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk Management and Procurement Optimization for small and medium sized companies.
As of October 1, 2010, Uwe has been appointed Executive Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. Since the beginning of 2012 Uwe is also Council Director at the Conference Board Europe for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.