Evelyn Maria Espinal is the Global Vice President of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for Unilever. Evelyn is a senior executive with a proven record of leading transformational change, building trusted relationships to co-create strategy and maximizing operational intensity to deliver concrete business results.
Evelyn is leading our new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Strategy which is an organization-wide effort to achieve an equitable and inclusive culture that eliminates any bias and discrimination from our practices and policies.
At Unilever, we firmly believe that our success is powered by the Diverse Opinions, Skill Sets & Life Experience of our Employees. We strive for a work environment where all individuals are treated fairly & respectfully, celebrating their human uniqueness. Evelyn joined Unilever in 2013 as Leadership Development Director and Chief Diversity Officer for North America. At Unilever, Evelyn has also served as VP HR Supply Chain for the Americas for 4 years before moving to Mexico in 2017 as the VP HR Mexico & Caribbean.
In Mexico, she led a robust HR organization servicing ~9,000 employees in over 25 countries and 36 agencies across a billion-dollar business. She was instrumental in improving HR Core Operations, sponsoring digital transformation and driving the adoption of methodologies to accelerate innovation and unlock human potential. Evelyn has earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioural Science from American University with a concentration on Social Reform and Race Relations.
This reflects her love of learning which gives her a valuable breadth of perspective on innovative practices which she leverages to bring new ideas to Unilever. Across her 30-year career, she has worked in an unusually wide range of organizations and sectors – in consulting and in corporate roles at Verizon, Novartis, J&J, Pfizer, Blackrock and now Unilever.
Evelyn brings a great breadth of HR experience with a spike in talent, diversity and organizational development. She is energetic and engaging, with a high work ethic and a deep-rooted commitment to make a positive difference; she combines this with a strong focus on supporting her business partners and on delivering against agreed goals.
Evelyn lives in Central New Jersey with her husband of twenty years, Luis, and 13 year old daughter, Maya Lucia.