Chicago — Julia M. Brown is joining Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC as chief procurement officer. In this role she will be responsible for the company’s global procurement strategy overseeing Mars Wrigley’s relationships with the supplier community and improving supplier diversity, as well as accelerating efforts around sustainable sourcing initiatives to advance Mars’ $1 billion Sustainable in a Generation Plan and $1 billion Cocoa for Generations strategy.
“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,” says Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley. “Julia’s breadth of experience will be invaluable to helping us live our purpose and partner across our value chain to make tangible impact.”
Brown has a nearly 30-year career in the consumer products and hospitality industries, previously serving as chief procurement officer for Mondelēz International, Kraft Foods and Clorox; with prior experience at Procter & Gamble, Diageo and Gillette.
She joins Mars Wrigley directly from Carnival Corporation & plc where she spent the last five years as chief procurement officer accountable for strategically procuring goods and services across the company’s nine cruise lines.
“I am thrilled to be joining Mars Wrigley,” Brown says. “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.”