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April Adams-Redmond & Gail Lumsden

April Adams-Redmond - USA | Global Brand VP, Unilever

April Adams-Redmond is the Global Brand Vice President for Unilever, based in London, United Kingdom. She is responsible globally for Knorr, one of Unilever's largest brands. Her job spans a broad range of geographic regions, including Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, North Asia and South East Asia. Her responsibilities include annual delivery of the global brand vision, strategy and plan, global brand performance, and global brand tracking and measurement. On top of these responsibilities, she also plays a role on the Foods & Refreshment leadership team, shaping the overall business strategy for the division, as well as on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan steering team, influencing Unilever's holistic business strategy.

Prior to this, April was Chief Marketing Officer for Kerry Foods, moving into this role in August of 2011. Before this, she was the Marketing Director for Kerry Foods in Ireland. April started her sales and marketing career in the early 1990s as a Marketing Coordinator for a small startup called California Sun Care in Los Angeles, and was promoted to Vice President of Marketing shortly after being hired. She also spent several years working on the agency side in business development for a small creative shop in the Northeast United States. She used that experience to start her own marketing consulting firm, specializing in Internet and ecommerce technology. After the “Dot Com” bubble burst, April spent a year finding herself and pursued a Master of Arts in Gastronomy with Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Australia. After this, she returned to the client-side of business, holding a range of senior positions with the Coca-Cola Company and Diageo. April has won numerous awards for marketing effectiveness and creativity. She is passionate about food, creativity and corporate social responsibility.

Gail Lumsden - IWF UK  |  Senior Advisor and Non-Executive Director, Monimail Limited

Gail Lumsden is currently a Senior Advisor to several listed and private companies, an independent non-executive director of Real Good Food plc and a member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, which provides independent advice to the UK government on large business investment decisions.

Gail has significant experience in driving profitable growth and leading major change in large and small businesses in emerging and developed markets across Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Over 20 years, Gail has held senior executive roles in strategy, finance and business development. At Diageo plc, she led several group M&A transactions and, as Group Strategy Director, helped transform SABMiller plc from a multi-local brewing business to a globally integrated branded beer business.

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April Adams-Redmond & Gail Lumsden
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