Mars names new VP of innovation, science and technology

MCLIN, Virginia – Nisi Bush, currently Vice President of Job Transformation, has been appointed Vice President of Innovation, Science and Technology at Mars, Inc. She will replace Jean-Christophe Flatton, president of innovation, science and technology, who will leave after a 30-year career at the company.

For nearly three decades on Mars, Ms. Bush has worked in a variety of businesses and in many countries. She spent 15 years in operations and supply management at Mars Petcare and nine years at Mars Chocolate, where she eventually oversaw supply, then research and development for global business. She later ran the science-based yakovo-flavanol business as general manager of CocoaVia in Mars Edge. Most recently, she was Vice President for Job Transformation, where she led efforts to develop and launch a new Future Work for Partners initiative.

In her new position, Ms. Bush will oversee research and development, including science and technology, innovation, food quality and safety, scientific and regulatory issues, the Global Center for Food Safety on Mars and the Institute of Advanced Mars Research.

She received a master’s degree in chemistry from Cambridge University.

“I’m thrilled that Nichi will be at the helm of innovation, science and technology,” said Grant F. Reid, Mars CEO. “With her experience in supply and research and development – and her experience in science – Nietzsche is well positioned to help Mars bring breakthrough thinking to the people and pets we serve while continuing to fulfill its commitment to quality.”

Mr. Flatin’s career also spans 30 years, during which he has held various roles in business. His contribution includes seven years of leadership at Royal Canin, which allowed her to become the fastest growing business unit and the largest brand in Mars ’portfolio. As a member of the Petcare Leadership Team, he also led an e-commerce strategy for business. He then took over the role of President of Global Chocolate and then became President of Mars Edge, a food-focused Mars business, and shortly thereafter added the role of President of Innovation, Science and Technology to Mars.

Following the departure of Mr. Flatin Shaid Shah, President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers, will take over the leadership of Mars Edge.


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