Jan Zijderveld

Jan Zijderveld

Chief Executive Officer

Avon Products

Using your purpose to fuel your digital transformation

Session Overview

For over 130 years, Avon has been providing opportunity for women enterpreneurs to earn money by selling beauty products through their social networks.  Today Avon has 6 million reps in over 60 countries.  After a 30 year career at Unilever, Jan Zijderveld became the CEO of Avon in February 2018 with the challenge of transforming the organization to deliver digital beauty sales with a human touch.

Scott Snyder, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, and author of Goliath’s Revenge: How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors, will talk about the six rules for companies successfully transforming themselves for the digital era and ask Jan to highlight how Avon plans to successfully manage this shift.  One of Jan’s keys to success is using Avon’s powerful purpose and global movement, to fuel the major changes in the organization needed to achieve their digital ambition.

Speaker's biography

Jan Zijderveld is Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, a company that has created opportunities for women to earn and learn for the past 130 years. He joined Avon in February 2018 and is responsible for driving long-term growth and advancing Avon as the world’s leading digital social selling beauty company.

Avon’s digital transformation is underpinned by Jan’s vision of optimising the blend of high-tech with the company’s unique high-touch heritage. He is passionate about the role Avon can play in driving positive change in the world and igniting the next generation of beauty entrepreneurs.

Before joining Avon, Jan spent 30 years with Unilever. He has worked across the world, leading teams and businesses from Asia to the Middle East and North Africa, and most recently running Unilever’s European business.