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[$$] New CEO at Ben & Jerry’s Plans to Whip Up Activism, ‘Whirled Peace’

Ben & Jerry’s, the ice-cream maker known for its social advocacy as much as its chunk-filled flavors, has a new chief executive who is promising to ramp up the brand’s corporate activism. Matthew McCarthy, a food-business veteran of Unilever PLC, which bought Ben & Jerry’s in 2000, succeeds Jostein Solheim as CEO. Mr. Solheim, another longtime Unilever executive, led Ben & Jerry’s for eight years and is moving into a broader role overseeing all of the Anglo-Dutch company’s food and refreshment businesses in North America.