Michael B. Polk

Industry Advisor

Michael B. Polk has over 35 years of experience at industry-leading consumer and commercial products companies. Since February 2020, Mr. Polk has been an advisory director at Berkshire Partners and Chief Executive Officer of Implus LLC, a leading sports accessories company, where he also serves on the board. Prior to his role at Implus, Mr. Polk served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Brands beginning in July 2011 until his retirement in June 2019. He served on the Board of Directors of Newell Brands from November 2009 through June 2019. Prior to joining Newell, Mr. Polk had been President, Global Foods, Home & Personal Care, Unilever, a leading consumer goods company where he was also a member of the Unilever Executive Committee. Mr. Polk joined Unilever in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer, Unilever Foods USA and subsequently became President, Unilever USA in 2005. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Polk served as President, Unilever Americas. Prior to joining Unilever, Mr. Polk spent sixteen years at Kraft Foods Inc., a consumer foods company, and three years at The Procter & Gamble Co. At Kraft Foods, Mr. Polk was President, Kraft Foods Asia Pacific and President, Biscuits and Snacks Sector, and was a member of the Kraft Foods North American and Kraft Food International Management Committees. Mr. Polk has outstanding global marketing, consumer innovation, customer development and operations leadership experience. Mr. Polk has been successful in leading multibillion dollar brands, in managing diverse product categories and navigating complex geographies. Mr. Polk serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Company, where he chairs the Personnel and Organization Committee, serves on the Board of Logitech International where he chairs the Compensation Committee, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. Mr. Polk holds a BS in Operation Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.