Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products giant Unilever has named Bernd Ellmann business group president, ice cream and frozen foods Europe, effective 1 June 2004.

Ellmann succeeds Kees van der Graaf, who has been nominated to join the group's board as foods director of Unilever, reported Dow Jones International News.

Ellmann, who has been with Unilever since 1973, is currently chairman of Langnese-Iglo, a Unilever frozen foods unit based in Germany.