New Mars CPO aiming for 'transformational growth'

20 October 2020

Julia Brown has joined Mars Wrigley as chief procurement officer, praising the company’s policies on farmer livelihoods and palm oil.

Brown joined Mars this month following five years at cruise operator Carnival, where she was accountable for procuring goods and services across the firm’s nine cruise lines, streamlining the supply chain, strengthening supplier relationships and driving profits.

Brown has almost 30 years of procurement experience, holding CPO roles at consumer products firms such as Mondelez, Kraft Food and Clorox, as well as positions at Proctor and Gamble, Diageo and Gillette.

At Mars, Brown will oversee the food giant’s relationships with the supplier community to improve supplier diversity and accelerate efforts around sustainable sourcing initiatives.

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.”

Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley, added: “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's breadth of experience will be invaluable to helping us live our purpose and partner across our value chain to make tangible impact.”

Earlier this month, Mars announced it was reducing the number of palm oil mill suppliers it works with from 1,500 to less than 100 this year as part of efforts to simplify its supply chain. 

The achievement comes as a result of its Palm Positive Plan, which aimed to create “shorter, more transparent supply chains”.

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