Debora van der Zee
VP Foods Benelux
Debora has been with Unilever for 17 years and is responsible for Unilever’s Foods business in the Benelux. Before this role she was responsible for Unilever’s Dressings brands in Europe and General manager for the French-rooted Maille brand.
After graduating from Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam with a propedeuse in Technical Mathematics and a master’s degree in Econometrics, Debora joined Unilever as a marketing trainee in 2002. Debora has held a variety of local and international roles across the Foods category including Unilever Food Solutions. Between 2011 and 2015 Debora led the growth of Unilever’s Spreads business in Sub-Sahara Africa based out of Durban, South Africa.
Debora has a passion for foods as a lens to understanding culture and values and the important role it plays to unite people. Debora is blessed with a contagious energy that she uses to drive change and positive movement. Debora champions Diversity and Inclusion, in the workplace as well as in marketing communications. She is also a strong advocate in the fight against Food Waste.
Debora is married and has three children.