McLean, VA — Debra A. Sandler has been named to the new position of chief health and wellbeing officer for Mars, Inc., and Tracey Massey steps into the role of acting president, Mars Chocolate North America.
Establishment of the Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer position is a reflection of the strategic priority Health & Wellbeing represents for Mars, according to the company.
“Debra will lead our Health & Wellbeing platform through collaboration with our segments [chocolate, petcare, food, Wrigley, drinks and Mars symbioscience] and by leveraging our significant lessons learned in this space to date, including depth of consumer insights, data and nutritional research within our segments," says Grant F. Reid, co-president of Mars, Inc. "Debra has been a change agent in the area of Health & Wellness, shepherding innovative product options like the lower calorie per pack M&M’s Pretzel variety, demonstrating industry leadership as a member of the Board of the Healthy Weight Commitment and by calling for industry change in her 2013 State of the Industry Speech at the National Confectioner’s Association.”
Sandler joined Mars in 2009 as chief consumer officer for Mars Chocolate North America and was promoted to president in 2012. Prior to joining Mars, Sandler served as worldwide president for McNeil’s Nutritionals, LLC, with Johnson & Johnson. She will report to David Kamenetzky, vp corporate affairs and strategic initiatives, and will work closely with the Mars Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
Massey is taking on Sandler's role in leading Mars Chocolate North America as acting president, she was formerly CFO of Mars Global Chocolate.
“Tracey has done a superb job of leading Strategy & Finance for the global Chocolate business for more than five years,” says Reid. “During her time as Chocolate CFO, Tracey has demonstrated particular excellence in shaping the vision and strategy, and has led our Chocolate growth in emerging markets across the world.”
In her 24-year career with Mars, Massey has worked in the U.S. for 12 years, as a plant director and in business planning for the Mars Petfood business, and more recently as the CFO for the Mars U.S. Snackfood business. Prior to moving to the U.S., Massey held various positions in manufacturing and finance in the drinks and electronics divisions of Mars in Europe.
Photo: Debra A. Sandler, Chief Health & Wellbeing Officer, Mars, Inc.