Michael B. Polk
President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Polk is building Newell Rubbermaid into a larger, faster growing, more global and more profitable company. This ambition will be achieved through the company’s Growth Game Plan, which makes sharper portfolio choices and strengthens capabilities within a new organization model.
A global marketer, innovator and leader with a proven record of growing brands, driving change and delivering superior financial performance, Mike has been President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2011 and a member of the company’s Board of Directors since 2009.
Previously, Mike was President of Global Foods, Home and Personal Care at Unilever, where he was responsible for the development, innovation and marketing of Unilever's entire $64 billion portfolio of categories and brands. During eight years at Unilever, he is credited with transforming the company’s business in the Americas and, in his latest role, sharpening Unilever’s portfolio strategy and creating a more competitive, faster-growing, innovation-driven organization. He was a member of the Unilever Executive Board from 2007-2011.
Earlier, Mike spent 16 years at Kraft Foods. His last two positions at Kraft were President of the Asia Pacific Region for Kraft Foods International and President of Nabisco Biscuit & Snacks for Kraft Foods North America. In both positions, he served on Kraft’s Management Committee. Prior to Kraft, Mike spent three years at Procter & Gamble working in manufacturing and research & development in the Paper Products Division.
Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Newell Rubbermaid and is a former member of the Board of Directors of Yankee Candle. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
He has a B.S. in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.