The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) has appointed Roberto Canevari to the role of Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, effective May 1, 2021. He succeeds Gregory F. Polcer, who has made the decision to retire, effective July 1, 2021.
Mr. Canevari will oversee the company’s Global Supply Chain operations, including end-to-end procurement, manufacturing, planning, quality assurance and logistics. He will report directly to Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Roberto Canevari has held supply chain leadership roles across a variety of industries. He most recently served as Unilever PLC’s Executive Vice President of Supply Chain, Europe, where he oversaw end-to-end supply chain operations for the company’s European business, and was responsible for a team of more than 10,000 employees and 44 factories with production across the food, home and personal care categories. Prior to that, Roberto was Chief Supply Chain Officer at Burberry Group PLC for nearly seven years, where he transformed the company’s global supply chain scope and strategy, developing new methods for omnichannel fulfillment and leveraging manufacturing resources to manage upstream quality.
Prior to his time with Burberry, Mr. Canevari served in executive supply chain roles of increasing responsibility at several high-profile global companies, including as Group Supply Chain Executive Director at Carrefour SA. He also spent a number of years at Nestlé, leading supply chain and procurement operations for Nestlé Water.
Originally from Italy, he holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan. He is currently a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Gartner Supply Chain, a leading organization in supply chain research and development. He has also held leadership roles at SOS-Logistica, an association working to promote sustainability and safety initiatives across logistics and supply chain processes.