U.S – Mars, Inc, an American multinational manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products, has appointed Nici Bush, the current Vice President of Workplace Transformation, as the new Vice President of Innovation, Science and Technology.

During her nearly three decades at Mars, Ms. Bush has worked across multiple business areas and in numerous countries.

She spent 15 years in Mars Petcare operations and supply management, and nine years in Mars Chocolate, where she ultimately oversaw supply, then research and development (R&D) for the global business.

She later led the Mars science-based cocoa flavanol supplement business as the General Manager for CocoaVia in Mars Edge. As the Vice President of Workplace Transformation, Bush has spearheaded the enterprise-wide effort to develop and launch a new Future of Work initiative for associates.

In her new role, she will oversee research and development, including science and technology, innovation, quality and food safety, scientific and regulatory affairs, the Mars Global Food Safety Center and the Mars Advanced Research Institute.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead a team of technical experts, scientists and innovators of the highest calibre in the industry. Together, we will strive to leverage leading science for the benefit of our consumers and to help solve global challenges,” Bush said.

She received a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Cambridge. Bush will succeed Jean-Christophe Flatin, President of Innovation, Science and Technology, who will depart following a 30-year career with the company.

During his 30 years, Mr. Flatin held a variety of roles across the business. His contributions include seven years of leadership with Royal Canin-the company’s pet food subsidiary- propelling it to become the fastest-growing business unit and the largest brand in the Mars portfolio.

“It has been my privilege to work for an organisation so clearly driven and united by its purpose. I feel proud to have played a role in contributing to innovation, growth, and new business models and territories at Mars, especially in pet and human nutrition,” he expressed.

While on the Petcare Leadership Team, he also spearheaded the e-commerce strategy for the business. He then took on the role of Global Chocolate President, and subsequently became President of Mars Edge, the Mars business focused on nutrition. Soon thereafter, he added the role of President of innovation, science and technology for Mars.

Upon Mr. Flatin’s departure, Shaid Shah, President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global customers, will take on leadership of Mars Edge.

“I’m thrilled that Nici will be taking the helm of innovation, science and technology. With her operational experience in supply and research and development — and her background in science — Nici is well-positioned to help Mars bring breakthrough thinking to the people and the pets we serve, while continuing to deliver our commitment to quality,” said Grant F. Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Mars.

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