Roger Leech

Open Innovation Director

Unilever

Roger Leech is the Unilever Open Innovation Director for Portfolio and Scouting. He covers the overall OI budget and success metrics, academic strategic alliances and has a team of scouts in the six Unilever Global Laboratories supporting technology scouting for the business. He joined Unilever in 1976 after graduating in bacteriology and virology since when he has been involved in a number of research areas that led to working as the personal assistant to two Unilever Research Directors. After working in the Home & Personal Care application unit networking information and knowledge with Unilever business units around the world, he spent two years in the Information Technology Group delivering a single portal environment and associated global directory. This was followed by his most recent role as Operations Director for the Corporate Research Team based in the Colworth Laboratory. His driving interest is the harnessing and delivery of new science and technology.  He is married with two grown up daughters and spends a lot of his spare time hill and mountain walking with his wife.