Charles Nichols was born in the UK in 1961. He has a degree in chemistry from Jesus College, Oxford and is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Charles joined Unilever in 1984, initially with the United Africa Company (UAC) ,including brief spells in Ghana and the Middle East. This was followed by a series of finance and supply chain roles in Elida Gibbs, the UK Personal Care business.
In 1996, he moved to the Netherlands to join the Unilever Foods Executive, before moving back to London in 1999 as Vice President, Finance for Latin America.
From 2004 to 2008, as Vice President of Investor Relations, Charles played a key role in managing Unilever’s relationship with the financial markets at a time of accelerated change in the business. Then in early 2008, he was appointed managing director of Unilever Corporate Ventures, where he was responsible for Unilever’s venture capital portfolio across North America and Europe.
He briefly took up the role of Group Treasurer in June 2009, before moving to his current position as Group Controller in May 2010.
Charles is married with two teenage daughters, and enjoys outdoor pursuits including running, skiing and scuba diving.