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Unilever Commits to Supporting ASM in Hiring and Training More Than 300 U.S. Military Veterans by 2015

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Customized Training Program Focuses on Sales and Marketing Skills; Vets to Be Hired by Advantage Sales and Marketing</i> </p>

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unilever Commits to Supporting ASM in Hiring and Training More Than 300 U.S. Military Veterans by 2015

13:30 EDT Thursday, May 23, 2013

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (Business Wire) -- Consumer packaged goods giant Unilever, through Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM), a leading consumer packaged goods sales and marketing agency, announced it will invest $70 million incrementally over the next three years to expand its retail coverage. A significant portion of the incremental investment is for training military veterans employed by ASM to provide services for the Unilever network.

Dan Koah, Unilever Manufacturing Manager who completed two tours as a Marine in Iraq, speaks at an e ...

Dan Koah, Unilever Manufacturing Manager who completed two tours as a Marine in Iraq, speaks at an event in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on May 22, at which Unilever announced its commitment to supporting ASM in training and hiring 300 U.S. Military veterans by 2015.

Under a customized training program, Unilever is leveraging its industry leadership to help veterans gain the tools and opportunities they need to perform services for the Unilever Customer Development organization. This initiative will grow the number of veterans active in the Unilever/ASM partnership by at least 30 percent by 2015.

“We recognize the unique scope of service and skills that veterans provide and feel a great sense of responsibility as a large company to share our resources and put U.S. vets to work in augmenting our world-class Customer Development organization,” said Senior Vice President of Unilever Customer Development and former Marine, Todd Tillemans.

The veteran program will offer training modules on merchandising, retail selling and in-store execution. Over a period of three years, Unilever will provide funding to train more than 300 veterans. Since Unilever began its relationship with ASM in 1996, many ASM employees have subsequently been hired by Unilever into its sales organization.

Unilever currently benefits by having more than 800 ASM employees providing services to its Customer Development organization – in sectors that include supermarkets, hypermarkets, drug, discount stores and others.

Unilever currently employs approximately 430 self-identified veterans throughout North America and across many career disciplines – including Supply Chain, Marketing, Finance, Research & Development, Information Technology, Human Resources and Executive Leadership.

“Working with Unilever, we believe we can contribute to reducing the 7.1 percent nationwide veteran unemployment rate by helping veterans – who are already competitive job candidates due to their experiences – realize their passions and channel them toward real-world application,” said Mike Salzberg, President and Chief Operating Officer of ASM.

The ASM jobs will be posted on a number of web sites, including:

The Wounded Warrior Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

AllMilitary: http://www.allmilitary.com/

Hero 2 Hired: https://h2h.jobs/

About Unilever United States, Inc.

Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. In the United States the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann's, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond's, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragú, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/.

Unilever employs more than 10,000 people in the United States – generating over $9 billion in sales in 2012. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.

About Advantage Sales and Marketing

Founded in 1987, Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) is a premier sales and marketing agency committed to building brand value for our clients and customers. ASM's customized sales and marketing solutions include headquarter sales, retail merchandising and marketing services, specializing in client and customer events, publications and assisted-selling services for the grocery, drugstore, club, convenience, natural/specialty, consumer electronics, sporting goods and home center industries. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ASM has more than 30,000 associates and 66 offices in the United States and Canada. Visit www.asmnet.com for further details.

Media
Unilever
Anita Larsen
Director, Corporate PR and Media Relations,
(201) 894-7760
anita.larsen@unilever.com
or
ASM
Will Minton
VP Business Development
(949) 797-3164
will.minton@asmnet.com

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