Mars Wrigley India increases gender diversity to 40% in Leadership Team with three
Elevates two India executives to leadership roles in US & Asia
In a significant move demonstrating its ambitious focus on inclusion and diversity and continued investment in
Richa Singh, Sunita Patnaik and Shahine Ardeshir
Making the announcement, Kalpesh R Parmar, General Manager, Mars Wrigley, India said, “Fostering
talent and building capability remain a cornerstone of Mars
Wrigley and we are highly intentional in finding
the best talent, building the right capabilities and creating an
environment of inclusion and diversity. This is instrumental to our
ability to deliver our growth legacy and navigate the challenges as well
as capitalize on the opportunities that lay ahead as
we remain steadfast on our long-term commitment to India. Aligned with
this, I am pleased to welcome Richa, Sunita and Shahine to Mars Wrigley
India’s leadership team. These appointments advance our commitment to
bringing on board strong women leaders to position
us well in our journey of purpose-led growth.
Equally, I am very
excited that Chirag Shah and Hegeler Solomon have been elevated to
lead global positions within Mars. Both of them have been strong
architects in India’s growth story for Mars Wrigley and
have made significant contribution to the business. I am very proud of
this move as it is a strong testament of our ability
to nurture and export world-class talent from India for the company
globally. Their unique experiences in a diverse and fastest
like India will help shape and contribute to the transformative growth
Richa Singh joins as Chief Financial Officer. Richa Singh comes with a global experience of over two decades across consumer durables and FMCG companies, leading business accelerations and transformations, process optimizations, among others. She joins from Niine Pvt Ltd, a start up in feminine hygiene that she led for three years. Prior to Niine, she worked in Philips Healthcare@Home, Philips Consumer, J&J Medical ASEAN, Coca-Cola and P&G across India, ASEAN, Australia and Japan.
Sunita Patnaik has been appointed as Director
– Corporate Affairs. She comes with nearly two decades of experience in
journalism, corporate affairs, communications, CSR and Sustainability.
joins from Facebook India where she led content and programs policy
communications. Prior to Facebook, Sunita was associated with Walmart
India and Cargill India. In her current role, Sunita will be responsible
for leading government relations, corporate
Shahine Ardeshir has been promoted to Director – People & Organization. Shahine comes with a wealth of experience, a large part of it from within the company, having joined Mars in 2012. She has held a number of key roles within the leadership team, including most recently as Associate Relations (AR) Lead for the segment across India, Middle East and South Africa. She played an integral part in launching and stabilizing AR operations of the new People and Organization operating model, across a diverse region, supporting all segments including Mars Wrigley, Pet Nutrition and Royal Canin.
Richa, Sunita and Shahine will be based in Gurugram.
Richa replaces Chirag Shah who becomes CFO for Nature’s Bakery based out of the US. Nature’s Bakery offers wholesome and delicious snacks, and was recently acquired by Mars to extend Mars’ portfolio of businesses in the Health and Wellness space. Chirag will be relocating to the US shortly. Chirag joined the company in 2016 as CFO for erstwhile Mars Chocolate segment in India. He was later appointed as Finance Director for the Mars Wrigley integrated business in 2017 in India.
Shahine replaces Hegeler Solomon who has been elevated as Director of People and Organization, Mars Wrigley Asia. Solomon will transition to his new role in September. Solomon joined Mars in May 2014 as People and Organization Business Partner for erstwhile Wrigley segment and subsequently moved as Director – People and Organization for Wrigley South Asia. Later he was appointed as Director – People and Organzation for the combined Mars Wrigley unit in India. During this stint, Solomon played the lead role in integrating the structure of the two different organizations and created an enabling culture which helped the company secure a ‘Great Place to Work’ status in India. He also lead talent transformation and assembled a robust Leadership pipeline for the business.