Chris Barron

General Manager Personal Care / VP Deodorants Europe, Unilever UK&I

With nearly 25 years’ experience in the industry, Chris is the General Manager for Unilever’s Personal Care business in the UK&I, and VP for the Deodorants category in Europe.

He completed the Marketing Academy Fellowship program in 2023, and also serves as Deputy Chair for the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Perfumeries Association. Chris started his career with L’Oréal on their management trainee scheme, before working both in their marketing team in London, and the International Development team based in the company's global headquarters in Paris. He first joined Unilever in 2006 and has since then worked in London, Chicago, and New Jersey on many of Unilever’s biggest brands. Since 2017 he has been on the UK&I leadership team and is currently General Manager of the Personal Care business unit. He is also charged with running the program for the Deodorants business across Europe, Australia & NZ, leading the cross functional team for this €1bn business. Chris has significant experience in working on purposeful brands. Most recently, on Unilever’s Dove brand, he has been involved in the UK launch of Cost of beauty: A Dove film which invites people to join us on our mission to make social media a more positive place for young people. Chris is married to Lizzie and has two daughters. He is a big rugby and cricket fan, but the Chicago Cubs will always have a place in his heart.