Anglo-Dutch drinks and food giant Unilever has confirmed the appointment of Jean-Marc Huet as chief financial officer.

Huet, currently CFO of Bristol-Myers Squibb, will join the company on 1 January.
 
The company will propose him for election to the boards of Unilever NV and PLC at the group's AGM in May.

"We are delighted to have attracted a candidate of Jean-Marc's talent and experience," said Unilever CEO Paul Polman. 

"His background and expertise will be important in helping us realise the growth ambitions we have for the future."

Huet said that he was "delighted" to join Unilever at a time when the company, under the leadership of Polman, has set an "ambitious vision" for growth.

Earlier this week, Unilever, owner of the Lipton RTD tea brand, made the announcement that Jim Lawrence will step down from his position as chief financial officer at the end of the year.