McLean, VA — Andrew Clarke, currently chief marketing and customer officer for Mars Wrigley Confectionery, will move into the role of global president for the company, according to Mars, Inc. He will assume the new position in September, upon the retirement of Martin Radvan and will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago.
Clarke has been chief marketing and customer officer since 2015, according to the company, leading the Mars marketing and sales capabilities, including the development of an integrated strategy to leverage Mars brands while building strong relationships with global customers.
He joined the firm in the U.K. in 2000 as category leadership director for Mars Chocolate and has built leadership experience and responsibility through a range of general management roles spanning across the company’s chocolate, petcare and food segments. He led geographic operations at country level in the U.K. and Ireland and was regional president for petcare in Latin America from 2011 to 2014.
“Andrew is the right person to lead Mars Wrigley Confectionery into its next chapter. His track record for driving ambitious change while delivering results is the fuel our business needs to thrive in an ever changing consumer and retail landscape,” says Grant F. Reid, CEO of Mars, Inc. “Andrew brings great global perspective, combined with a principled approach to leadership and passion for engaging and inspiring teams.”
Clarke adds: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this iconic business with some of the world’s most loved brands and to drive growth with our talented associates, customers and partners.”
Radvan, who is retiring after a 32-year career with Mars that extended across multiple functions, business segments and countries, spearheaded the integration of the Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments into Mars Wrigley Confectionery. C&ST