September 25, 2018 / 1:10 PM / a year ago

Unilever chairman - no better option than move to Rotterdam

FILE PHOTO - Former Chairman and CEO of Bayer AG Marijn Dekkers delivers the keynote address at the Boston College Chief Executives' Club of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever’s (ULVR.L) UNc.AS chairman Marijn Dekkers on Tuesday defended the Anglo-Dutch’s company’s plans to consolidate a single headquarters in Rotterdam as the best choice for its shareholders.

“If we thought there was a better option than we would have proposed it,” he said in an interview with two financial press agencies.

Graeme Pitkethly added that the company is seeking support for its plans from proxy advisory firms, and repeated he was confident the plan would be approved despite some opposition from shareholders mandated to invest in British firms only.

Reporting by Martinne Geller and Toby Sterling in AMSTERDAM; editing by Louise Heavens

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