Jonathan Hammond joined Unilever in 2008 and after eight years in brand management roles across the business, he was appointed Global Marketing Director and Head of Unilever Foundry in September 2016.
Unilever Foundry is a global platform for startups and innovators to engage, collaborate and explore business ideas with Unilever and its 400+ brands. As one of the leading experts in tech and innovation, Unilever Foundry has worked on over 100 pilot projects with pioneering startups.
Hammond leads the Unilever Foundry team and his role involves managing current pilots and partnerships, liaising with startups and identifying new opportunities for brands and startups to partner. As these partnerships are spread across Unilever’s global portfolio, Jonathan works across all of Unilever’s brands and markets – overseeing various emerging and scaling technologies. Through its collaborations, Unilever Foundry’s focus areas for innovation include: Product & Ingredients, Consumer Insights, New Business Models, Sustainability & Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise tech.
As of 2017, Jonathan is a member of the World Economic Forum council on Global Future of Consumption alongside other corporate global directors and executives. This council addresses topics including the changing face of the consumer, new patterns of consumption and advancement of technology.