DR JONATHAN HAGUEVP Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development
DR JONATHAN HAGUE
VP Open Innovation, Unilever Research and Development
Jon Hague brings a wealth of open innovation experience to the Big Innovation Centre, as member of the Steering Group.
Jon joined Unilever in 1990, following a first degree and PhD in materials science from the University of Sheffield. Jon spent the first seven years of his career as a research scientist in hair research at Port Sunlight Laboratory, UK, contributing much to the basic understanding of what makes products competitive.
Jon was expatriated to Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1997, and was responsible for establishing a regional innovation centre for skin cleansing and care. Jon was in Indonesia during the 1998 Asia crisis and spent the first year of his tenure helping the business to prosper and endure in the tough economic climate and in later years providing innovation for a very fast-growing business.
Between 2001 and 2006, Jon led the Global Technical Centre for Deodorants in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA, and was part of the team that delivered the innovation to make Unilever the leader in the North American deodorants market.
In 2006, Jon returned to the Port Sunlight Laboratory in the UK and operated as Strategy and Operations Director for Home and Personal Care R&D; a role that evolved into Strategy and Operations Director for the Chief R&D Officer.
His most recent assignment, VP Open Innovation for Unilever, started in October 2008. This is a good fit for Jon’s interests in driving higher ambition in innovation and in his firm conviction that Unilever can make a much bigger impact in vitality from advances in science and technology.
Jon is married with two sons. He has been a sporadic marathon runner (completing the Chicago Marathon twice), snowboards and is a keen follower of cricket.