British consumer products company, PZ Cussons Plc has announced Jonathan Myers as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment will reportedly take effect on May 1, 2020.
Myers, who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Avon Products, would be in charge of turning the company’s business around, both in the UK and at its branches in Africa.
Myers replaces Alex Kanellis, who retired as a Chief Executive Officer in January, after launching the company on a turnaround plan that has included selling non-core businesses in Africa and Poland, where demand has been soft, Reuters reports.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairwoman of PZ Cussons, Caroline Silver said, “His wealth of experience in our product categories and of doing business in both developed and developing markets will be invaluable. In addition, Jonathan’s track record of successful business turnarounds will serve us well.”
Myers profile: He is a seasoned Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) executive whose resume includes senior leadership roles at companies including Gillette maker Procter & Gamble and corn flakes maker Kellogg.
At Procter & Gamble, Myers rose to become general manager, Oral Care and Feminine Care for the Greater China Region, before moving to Kellogg where he also held senior leadership roles, including serving as managing director, UK, and Ireland from 2012 and vice president, European Markets from 2014, the companies said in a statement on Thursday.
About PZ Cussons: The British company is a major manufacturer of personal healthcare products and consumer goods. It operates worldwide, especially in Africa and Commonwealth nations. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It has a Nigerian subsidiary, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc.
The company basically produces beauty and personal care, baby products, bath products, oral care, health care, fragrances, and skincare. Some of the popular products produced by PZ include soaps like Ava, Canoe, Elephant, Flourish, Joy, Morning fresh, Nunu and Premier, to name a few.