FRANKLIN, Tennessee., November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, announced Mars Petcare, a global leader in veterinary medicine, pet nutrition, innovation and technology Alanna McDonald as Regional President for the Mars Pet Nutrition division in North America. McDonald will join the company on November 21.
McDonald is a highly respected executive with over twenty years of experience building some of the most recognized brands around the world. Prior to her appointment to Mars Pet Nutrition North America, the largest market for the Pet Nutrition business, McDonald spent the last seven years in general management roles building and growing iconic beauty brands in the US and Canada. Most recently, she was President of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie at L’Oreal, where she led her teams to record-breaking results and built Maybelline as a national leader in the makeup category with significant growth in e-commerce. McDonald’s highly effective portfolio management strategies have enabled the company to reinvest in key growth priorities. Prior to L’Oreal, McDonald spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble, working in China, Hong Kong, Canada and the US in a variety of roles focused on category leadership, sales and marketing/brand management.
In her new role, McDonald will leverage her extensive consumer products experience to drive continuous innovation in the dynamic pet nutrition category. She will be responsible for the entire Mars Pet Nutrition North America portfolio, including popular brands such as PEDIGREE®, IAMS™ and CESAR®. With her robust global experience, McDonald will grow and develop the company’s talented people, brands and operations while advancing the company’s purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
“Alanna is a proven leader who brings a strong global perspective on what consumers want and what retailers need. She understands the tremendous potential of a well-placed digital experience – positioning us to meet the evolving needs of pet owners for years to come,” said Ikdeep Singh, Global President, Mars Pet Nutrition. “She is determined and an advocate for equity, inclusion and diversity with a passion for people development that will greatly benefit our North American business and talented people.”
McDonald will build on the strengthened foundation built over the past two years by Ikdeep Singh and 3,600 Pet Nutrition Associates in North America. As of 2020, the company has experienced its strongest organic growth in recent history, serving more than 90 million households with pets across the region. Appointed Global President in May 2022Singh is now responsible for leading, growing and continuing to transform Mars Pet Nutrition globally to ensure access to quality nutrition for nearly 400 million pets around the world.
“I am honored to join Mars Petcare, a purposeful and principles-driven organization full of employees dedicated to improving the lives of pets and pet owners alike,” said McDonald. “Pets have played an important role in my life, so the opportunity to be part of the growing, dynamic pet category is an exciting next chapter and I look forward to working with this passionate team to advance the company’s iconic brands.”
McDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from The University of Calgary and is a member of the Board of Directors of Big Rock Brewery, based in Calgary.
ABOUT MARS INCORPORATED
For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This common goal unites our more than 140,000 employees. She is at the heart of who we are as a global, family-owned company and drives how we change, innovate and evolve to make a positive impact on the world.
Each year, our diverse and growing portfolio of quality confectionery, food and pet care products and services delights millions of people and supports millions of pets. With annual sales of nearly $45 billion, we produce some of the world’s most popular brands including Ben’s Original™, CESAR®, Cocoavia®, DOVE®, EXTRA®, KIND®, M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN ® and WHISKAS®. We create a better world for pets through nutrition, breakthrough diagnostic programs, wearable health monitoring, DNA testing, animal welfare and comprehensive veterinary care with AniCura, BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, Linnaeus and VCA™.
We know that we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate are successful. The five Mars principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our employees to act every day to create a better world tomorrow for the planet, its people and pets to thrive on.
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About Mars Petcare
As part of Mars, Incorporated, a family business with more than a century of history that creates diverse products and provides services for people and pets who love people, Mars Petcare’s 85,000 associates in more than 50 countries are dedicated to one goal: BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 85 years of experience, our portfolio of nearly 50 brands meets the health and nutritional needs of pets around the world – including the PEDIGREE brands®WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™, and the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, which has been advancing research in pet nutrition and health for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading animal health provider through an international network of over 2,000 veterinary clinics and diagnostic services including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, VCA™, Linnaeus, AniCura and Antech. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs and cats, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracking device, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO Accelerator and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged to fight flexibly for what we believe in – and we chose to fight for it: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
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