Mars Wrigley has announced the appointment of Julia M Brown as its new chief procurement officer.
She will be responsible for the global procurement strategy for brands such as M&M’s, Snickers, Extra/Orbit, Twix, Altoids, Starburst, and Skittles.
She will also oversee Mars Wrigley’s relationships with the supplier community to improve supplier diversity and build the connected and sustainable treating and snacking business of tomorrow, the company added.
This will include accelerating efforts around sustainable sourcing initiatives to advance Mars’ $1 billion ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ plan and $1 billion ‘Cocoa for Generations’ strategy.
Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley, commented, “The role of chief procurement officer is critical to helping Mars Wrigley act with purpose, reduce our environmental footprint and improve lives in our supply chains and communities where we work.”
"Julia [M Brown]'s breadth of experience will be invaluable in helping us live our purpose and partner across our value chain to make a tangible impact."
A Seasoned Professional
Brown is a seasoned professional with nearly 30 years’ worth of experience in the consumer products and hospitality industry.
Most recently, she served as the chief procurement officer Carnival Corporation & plc.
In her five-year tenure with the company, she was responsible for overseeing global strategic sourcing and supply chain.
Previously, she held the same position in Mondelēz, Kraft Foods, and Clorox. She has also worked for Procter & Gamble, Diageo and Gillette.
Commenting on her new role, Brown, said, “I am thrilled to be joining Mars Wrigley. I have been impressed by their leadership in several areas: improving farmer livelihoods and origin communities through Cocoa for Generations, the Palm Positive Plan, and AdvanceMint; enacting science-based strategies to protect the health of our planet, and rethinking and innovating the design of their packaging.
“I look forward to working with Mars’ highly respected partners and suppliers to drive transformational growth and deliver category impact on a truly global scale.”
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