Mars Petcare hires new president for North America group

Mars Petcare executives hired Ikdeep Singh as regional president of Mars Pet Nutrition North America, a division of Mars Petcare.

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Adapted from a press release:

Executives at the world’s largest pet food company, Mars Petcare, hired Ikdeep Singh as regional president of Mars Pet Nutrition North America, a division of Mars Petcare. Singh will join the company on August 31, 2020 and formally assume full responsibility for the role as a pet food professional in January 2021. Singh has worked as a senior executive for than two decades in the global consumer goods industry. He is known as a purpose-driven leader with a track record of consistently delivering sustained and superior financial results, according to a Mars press release.

Most recently, Singh served as president with the L’Oréal Group, where over the past six years, he led large and complex brand portfolios in North America. Throughout his roles, he’s delivered revenue and profit growth at industry-leading rates by building high-performing teams with a diverse, inclusive work culture, while accelerating consumer-centric innovation and instilling industry-leading digital capabilities. Prior to L’Oréal, he spent 14 years at Procter and Gamble working in various roles, including global brand innovation, regional portfolio management and country commercial operations, across North America and Greater China. Singh holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Dalhousie University.

Singh will be responsible for the full Pet Nutrition North American portfolio, including brands like Pedigree, Sheba and Iams, serving the more than 86 million pet-owning households across the region.

“I’m energized by this growing, dynamic category and to join a company that puts purpose at the center of what they do,” Singh said in a press release. “I’ve personally experienced the many benefits pets bring to our lives and I’m inspired by the opportunity to make a positive impact for pets and pet parents.”

Singh will replace Mark Johnson, current regional president for Mars Pet Nutrition North America. Johnson held that position for six years. Johnson has made a personal decision to step down from his current role. He will move into another opportunity within the business, which will be announced at a later date. To ensure a smooth transition, Johnson will continue to lead the business through the end of the year, while supporting Singh’s onboarding.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead the North American Pet Nutrition business for the last six years,” Johnson said in a press release. “I’m so proud of our incredibly talented associates and all we’ve been able to accomplish together to further our purpose: a better world for pets.”

About Mars Petcare from Petfood Industry’s Top Pet Food Companies Current Data

Mars Petcare is the world's leading pet food company. Its nearly 50 pet food brands include five, billion-dollar brands. The company is increasingly looking to diversify its revenue streams. Mars Petcare also owns the BluePearl chain of emergency and specialty veterinary care clinics and Banfield animal hospitals. Mars produces nearly 50 brands in total, including five billion-dollar brands: Pedigree, Iams, Whiskas, Royal Canin and Banfield pet hospitals. Other leading brands include: Cesar, Eukanuba, Sheba, and Temptations.


2019 (June): Tracey Massey becomes global president, Mars Pet Nutrition, a division of Mars Petcare. 2017: Mars Petcare announces plans to acquire the VCA chain of animal hospitals for US$9.1 billion, including US$1.4 billion in debt. 2014-15: Mars Petcare purchases 90% of Proctor & Gamble's pet food business (excluding EU) for US$2.9 billion cash. The deal includes pet care products, manufacturing sites in the U.S., and a majority of the pet care line's employees. The deal is initiated in April 2014 with North America, Latin America and other countries; it is "substantially completed" by June 30, 2015, with the purchase of several additional country operations.

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