Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Chief Leaving

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The chief executive officer of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is leaving his post at the end of next month.

The South Burlington-based unit of Europe’s Unilever said Walt Freese wants to pursue other "values-led business and investment opportunities."

Freese joined Ben & Jerry’s and its parent Unilever eight years ago.

The company says Freese has been instrumental in returning Ben & Jerry’s to its heritage of leadership in progressive social and environmental values.

Ben & Jerry’s is known for its support of social causes as well as a wide variety of flavored ice creams.

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