Mars Petcare announces the appointment of Ruben Cejudo to Mars Pet Nutrition North America’s leadership team, a division of Mars Petcare. Cejudo has joined as vice president of the company’s North American Supply Chain, helping to enhance the company’s supply chain and ensure its products reach pet parents wherever they are in their shopping and parent journey.
Cejudo is a proven leader with nearly 30 years of experience building supply chain strategy and end-to-end (E2E) supply chain solutions around the globe. Throughout his career, he has lived in eight different countries, spanning four continents, including the United States, Colombia, Switzerland and Thailand. He most recently served as Vice President of Supply Chain Global Hair Care & Deodorants at Unilever, where he was responsible for designing and implementing E2E supply chain solutions, while leading all elements of supply chain strategy for global innovation, and the development of organizational capability for people, process, and systems. While at Unilever, he also held senior supply chain roles in the Middle Americas and North America. Before joining Unilever, Ruben spent more than 20 years with Procter & Gamble where
he held a variety of supply chain and global roles where he redesigned the haircare supply chain in Brazil to be more agile and cost effective enabling growth, and also played a key role implementing planning centers in the United States and Latin America.
In his new role at Mars Pet Nutrition, Cejudo will bring his deep supply chain expertise to carry forward an E2E supply chain with flexibility, responsiveness and efficiency at its core, to elevate the customer and pet parent experience. Ruben will lead an agile team of Associates across the Mars Pet Nutrition network. His work will be a critical contribution to the company’s overall innovation strategy, delivering products and solutions to meet the needs of today’s pet parents.
“As a seasoned leader with deep end-to-end supply chain expertise, I’m confident Ruben will help create our supply chain of the future, positioning Mars Petcare to win in the digital age now and for years to come,” said Ikdeep Singh, regional president, Mars Pet Nutrition North America. “His passion for supply chain innovation, furthering our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS and developing Associate talent will be central to driving strong business results.”
Cejudo will build upon the significant impact that Chris Sackree, interim supply chain vice president for Mars Pet Nutrition North America, has made as he led the company’s supply chain through the pandemic. Sackree will move into another opportunity within Mars.
“I’m honored to be joining Mars Petcare and partnering with such a strong team to create innovative supply chain solutions," said Cejudo. “Mars Petcare’s many talented Associates, iconic brands like PEDIGREE, GREENIESTM, and TEMPTATIONS, and commitment to its purpose, are just a few of the reasons I was so drawn to this role.”
The Mars Pet Nutrition North American portfolio, including NUTROTM, SHEBA and IAMS among many others – serves nearly 90 million pet owning households and is driven by an overarching purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS through its Associates, brands and operations.
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