JOHN COOMBSChair of Governing Board, Big Innovation Centre and Managing Director, Unilever Ventures
Chair of Governing Board, Big Innovation Centre and Managing Director, Unilever Ventures
John Coombs brings significant financial management expertise and a wealth of experience to the Big Innovation Centre, as Chair of the Governing Board. He is the Managing Director of Unilever Ventures.
John joined Unilever from University, initially following a technical career in Engineering, Research and Development and as a factory GM. This was followed by a switch into consumer marketing where he had responsibility for a number of food brands including PG Tips, Colman’s and OXO, he also sat on the Board of Unilever’s UK Foods Company. This was followed by a period as GM of Unilever’s European Culinary business. He has been Managing Director of Unilever Ventures since 2002, and is currently on the Board of four portfolio companies.