Geoff McDonald Former Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability & Water, Unilever

Talks about  Culture, Leadership, Resilience, Sustainability
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Geoff speaks with brutal honesty about his work-related depression whilst at Unilever – a taboo subject in even the most progressive organisations – and reveals how he is challenging the culture of silence around mental illness. Geoff’s background in HR, marketing, communications and sustainability is impeccable. During his 25 years with Unilever (with a turnover of £50 billion, 170,000 employees in 90 countries around the world), his experience has been truly global, working across Africa, Middle-East, Turkey, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

His HR experience has spanned leadership and talent development, organization change, capability development with particular reference to marketing and business transformation with purpose at its core. Today, Geoff is a much sought-after speaker, inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose at the centre of everything they do and to challenge the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

He has spoken at Cambridge University, Warwick and Oxford as well as corporate events across Australia, Europe, Japan, North America, and Africa. Central and Eastern Europe.



Bipolar World of Business – Profit and Purpose

Leadership for the New Normal

Wellbeing and Mental Health in Corporates – How to Break the Stigma

HR’s Role in Embedding Purpose within an Organisation