Former Unilever CIO Willem Eelman has returned to the CFO function, taking up the Chief Financial Officer and Operations role at C&A Retail Europe.

Eelman was the CIO of Unilever from April 2010 until September this year and was recognised for being a finance chief who took control of the IT function when he was placed in the top three of the 2013 edition of the CIO 100. Previously Eelman had been senior vice president of finance and IT for Unilever's Western Europe region, and senior vice president of finance for its Foods business.

In his new role based between Brussels and Dusseldorf, as well as his CFO duties Eelman's operations remit includes responsibility for financial planning and control, information technology, logistics and overseeing real estate.

The Dutchman told CIO UK at the start of the summer he would be leaving the consumer goods manufacturer to seek a new transformational challenge either as a CFO or CIO after a decade at the FMCG maker.

CIO for information services at Thomson Reuters, Jane Moran, took over the Global CIO role at Unilever.

Having operated in Britain since 1922, C&A withdrew from the UK market with its last stores closing in 2001. Employing 34,000 people and owned by the Brenninkmeijer family - the wealthiest in the Netherlands - through Swiss holding company Cofra Holding AG, the international Dutch chain still has stores in most European and Latin-American countries, and since 2007 has operated a high-street banking business in Germany.