CHAPTER 2

Learning the Multinational Way

At 9am on 5 September 1985 my career started. It was clearly not my first day’s work as I had been working most of my life at my father’s shop. But this was something new. I had only worked for small companies before. Unilever was my first experience of a large organization. And as first impressions of the world of work go, it was pretty good. In fact, I loved it.

I joined the Unilever Companies Management Development Scheme (UCMDS), starting at Lever Brothers, the detergent and cleaning company. It was like being part of a fantastic family. Twenty other graduates joined at the same time and we all got on well. Some of them remain my closest friends today. These first few years of work were really a continuation ...

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