Unilever Chief Marketing Officer Weed to retire

LONDON (Reuters) - The chief marketing officer of Unilever <ULVR.L><UNc.AS> has decided to retire next year, handing incoming CEO Alan Jope his first big hiring decision.

CMO Keith Weed, who oversees the marketing strategy of the world's second-biggest advertiser, announced hisretirement on Thursday in a series of posts on Twitter. 

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"It's with a happy and heavy heart that I've decided to retire from Unilever in April," Weed said on Twitter. "It's been over a year in planning with exciting challenges to follow."

Choosing a successor will be a decision for the new chief executive, Alan Jope, who will take over at the start of 2019, a spokeswoman said.

(Reporting by Martinne Geller; editing by David Evans)

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