Our Management Team

Meet our management team. They guide our company in our quest to achieve our two goals: to achieve top-tier financial performance and make Mondelēz International a great place to work.

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    Irene Rosenfeld
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

    Irene is Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, the global snacking powerhouse launched following her strategic decision to spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October 2012. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International (NASDAQ: MDLZ), with 2012 revenue of $35 billion, is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum.

    Since returning to Kraft Foods, the predecessor to Mondelēz International, in June 2006 as CEO and then Chairman in March 2007, Irene has changed the face, footprint and prospects of the company, which she successfully repositioned to deliver consistent top-tier growth by reinvigorating iconic brands, transforming the portfolio and strengthening its presence in fast-growing emerging markets.

    Irene began her career in consumer research before joining General Foods, which later became part of Kraft Foods. Irene led the restructuring and turnaround of key businesses in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She served on the team that spearheaded the company's initial IPO in 2001, and successfully integrated the Nabisco, LU and Cadbury businesses.

    Irene took a short break from Kraft Foods in 2004, serving for two years as Chairman and CEO of Frito-Lay. While there, she accelerated growth in better-for-you products and health and wellness offerings.

    The Financial Times, Fortune and Forbes have repeatedly ranked Irene on their lists of the “Top 50 Women in Global Business,” “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” and as one of the world’s “100 Most Powerful Women.”

    Irene holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics, an M.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology – all from Cornell University. She is active in a number of industry and community organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago and the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum.

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    Gustavo Abelenda
    Executive Vice President and President, Latin America

    Gustavo Abelenda is Executive Vice President and President, Latin America for Mondelēz International. 

     

    Abelenda joined the company in 1984 in Argentina as a Cost Analyst and gained extensive international experience in senior Finance, M&A, Strategy, Manufacturing, R&D, Sales, Marketing and general management roles.

     

    In 1997, he was appointed General Manager of the Brazilian Beverages and Sugar confectionery business. One year later, he became Food Vice President for the Mercosur area. Between 2000 and 2003, Abelenda was Vice President and Managing Director Brazil, where he played a key role in the integration of Nabisco and Kraft Foods.

    Abelenda earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morón University in Argentina. 

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    Tracey Belcourt
    Executive Vice President, Strategy

    Tracey Belcourt is the Executive Vice President of Strategy for Mondelēz International, Inc.  She is responsible for corporate strategy and for mergers and acquisitions.

     

    Before joining the company in 2012, Tracey worked at Bain & Co. in Toronto, where she was a partner for 13 years.  At Bain, she specialized in the design and implementation of growth strategies to improve business performance across a variety of consumer industries.

     

    Prior to Bain, she was an economic consultant to the US Agency for International Development in Africa. Tracey also served as an assistant professor of economics at Concordia University in Montreal for five years.

     

    Tracey has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from Queen’s University in Canada, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta.

     

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    David Brearton
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 

    Dave Brearton is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mondelēz International, Inc. -- a position he has held since May 2011, when the company was known as Kraft Foods Inc. He leads the company's financial operations, including accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit and investor relations.

     

    Prior to becoming CFO, Dave was Executive Vice President, Operations and Business Services, a position he held since 2008. In this role, he led the company's Procurement, Manufacturing, Information Systems, and Customer Service and Logistics functions. Dave also led our North American "Catalyst" Enterprise Resource Planning project, building a common process and information platform across the business.

     

    Dave joined Kraft Canada in 1984 as a Financial Analyst and then progressed through a series of finance roles of increasing responsibility in Canada, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

     

    Dave was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Kraft Foods International, in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Business Process Simplification and served as Corporate Controller from 2004 to 2006.

     

    In 2006, Dave became Executive Vice President, Global Business Services and Strategy, where he led the Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy and Information Systems functions and initiated the Catalyst project.

     

    He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and is a CPA.

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    Mark Clouse
    Executive Vice President and President, North America

    Mark Clouse is Executive Vice President and President of our North American business, headquartered in East Hanover, New Jersey.

     

    Mark has held a variety of positions around the world during his 16 years at Kraft Foods, the predecessor to Mondelēz International. Most recently, Mark was President of Kraft Foods Snacks and Confectionery business in North America. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of the Biscuits Global Category Team.

     

    He also was Managing Director of Kraft Foods Brazil from 2008 to 2010 and President of Kraft Foods Greater China for two years. He’s also had experience running various North American businesses for Kraft Foods, including the Grocery and Cheese businesses.

     

    Before joining Kraft Foods, Mark served in the United States Army for seven years.  He left as a Captain and was a pilot during his service.  He was stationed in several locations including a command in South Korea.

    Mark is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Economics.  Mark played NCAA Division I Basketball while at West Point and still serves as his Class President.

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    Tim Cofer
    Executive Vice President and President, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA)

    Timothy Cofer joined Kraft Foods, the predecessor to Mondelēz International, Inc. in 1992. He is Executive Vice President and President, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (EEMEA) for Mondelēz International.
     
    During his career at the company, Tim has progressed through a number of roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he led the company's $13 billion European business, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He also held strategic responsibility for the company's more than $9 billion chocolate business as Senior Vice President, Global Chocolate Category Team. In this role, he led a team of global executives across strategy, innovation, consumer insights, marketing, research & development and supply chain functions.

    Prior to this, Tim served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Integration, leading the global integration efforts following the company's acquisition of Cadbury in early 2010. This complex assignment required him to lead the detailed work of combining the two organizations. Tim also was the architect of the company's European chocolate category model (2003-2006). His career has also included successful tenures leading the Oscar Mayer business (2007) and the company's former US pizza business (2008-2010).

    He started his career in marketing research prior to joining Kraft Foods giving him well more than 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry.

    Tim was valedictorian of his MBA class at the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from St. Olaf College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

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    James Kehoe
    Senior Vice President, Operating Excellence

    James Kehoe is Senior Vice President, Operating Excellence at Mondelēz International, the global snacking powerhouse launched following its spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October 2012.  Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelēz International (NASDAQ: MDLZ), with 2012 revenue of $35 billion, is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum.

     

     

    As a member of the Mondelēz International Leadership Team, James reports directly to Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld.  James leads coordinated efforts to make operating excellence a hallmark of Mondelēz International and spur the company’s top-tier growth on both the top and bottom lines.  James and his team work collaboratively with leaders around the world, particularly in the areas of Finance, Strategy and Integrated Supply Chain. 

     

     

    As Senior Vice President, Operating Excellence, James’ objectives are to build a strong capability of operating excellence through common global, regional and country Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashboards that support delivery of the company’s near-term commitments, while creating the foundation and capabilities for sustainable operating excellence across all of the company’s businesses, categories and functions.  His Operating Excellence team strives for best-in-class total cost management by identifying opportunities, benchmarking, and coordinating programs to deliver an optimal total cost position across the company’s entire value chain, from revenue management to productivity to overheads.

     

     

    James is a 24-year veteran of Kraft Foods with broad financial experience spanning six countries.  James began his career at Kraft Foods Ireland and has held senior regional finance roles across Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and North America. He was instrumental in turning around the company’s European business and implementing its category-led operating model, and he was the key driver of the North American business plan and cost reduction initiatives. James most recently served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance at Kraft Foods Group where he led the financial set-up of Kraft Foods Group at the time of the split of the company. 

    James holds a Master’s in Business Studies (Finance) from University College Dublin (Ireland) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Galway (Ireland).

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    Karen May
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources

    Karen May is Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Mondelēz International, Inc. She is responsible for the company’s human resources function worldwide. Karen held the same position at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, prior to the spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October of 2012.

    Prior to joining Kraft in 2005, Karen was with Baxter International Inc., where she last served as Corporate Vice President, Human Resources. Before heading up the human resources function at Baxter, Karen served in a variety of roles within the company, including Vice President /Controller of Baxter’s Hospital Supply Division; Vice President of Corporate Audit; Vice President of International Finance; and Vice President Human Resources, Global Talent Planning and Staffing.
     
    Prior to joining Baxter International, Karen worked in the audit practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
     
    Karen serves on the Board of Directors of MB Financial Inc.
     
    She received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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    Daniel Myers
    Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain

    Daniel Myers is Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, leading Mondelēz International, Inc.’s Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Customer Service and Logistics groups, which represent more than 60,000 of the company's employees. Daniel held the same position at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, since he joined the company in September 2011.   The spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations occurred in October of 2012.

     

    Prior to Kraft Foods, Daniel worked for Procter & Gamble for 33 years, serving in roles across all areas of the engineering, plant management and supply chain functions. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Product Supply, where he led the supply chain function for P&G's Global Hair Care business. He also was responsible for coordinating the company's $28 billion Beauty & Grooming business, including manufacturing operations that supported sales in more than 170 countries. 

     

    Daniel has strong experience building supply chains in new markets. He has 18 years' experience in global category and platform management, worked in 49 countries, and lived outside the U.S. for more than 10 years. He worked in every category within P&G's worldwide product portfolio, established P&G's Latin America business unit while living in Venezuela and led the integration of Gillette's global supply chain after it was acquired by P&G in 2005. Daniel also led the application of best practices in supply chain and manufacturing, including HPO, Total Quality and Lean Six Sigma.

     

    Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and serves on the board of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee's School of Business.

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    Gerhard Pleuhs
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel

    Gerd Pleuhs is Executive Vice President & General Counsel. Gerd oversees the company’s legal, corporate secretarial, compliance, and security functions.

    Gerd joined the Law Department of Jacobs Kaffee Deutschland GmbH in 1985, prior to its acquisition in 1990 by Altria Group, Inc. (formerly Philip Morris Companies Inc.). Gerd held a number of senior positions within the German Law Department, including Chief Counsel for the combined operations of Kraft and Jacobs Suchard, covering legal and regulatory affairs. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President & Chief Counsel for Kraft’s Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, headquartered in Vienna. In 2003, Gerd was appointed Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Kraft Foods International, Inc. based in Rye Brook, N.Y. In 2004, Gerd moved to Northfield, IL to assume the position of Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, International for Kraft Foods Global, Inc. He was promoted to Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Business Units in November 2007. On April 1st, 2012 Gerd became Kraft Foods’ EVP & General Counsel, reporting to the CEO.  He continues in that role for Mondelēz International, Inc. following the October 1, 2012 Spin-off of Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

     

    Since leaving the “home territory” in Bremen, Germany, for more than a decade, Gerd has been involved in and dealt with a wide variety of legal issues and matters. His work has involved many jurisdictions and areas of law and compliance, including much of Kraft’s international M&A activity.  Gerd negotiated Kraft’s acquisition of businesses in Morocco, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Poland, Turkey, and Egypt. He was the lead negotiator in Kraft’s 2007 $7.6Bn acquisition of Danone’s LU biscuit business. He was also a member of the core team responsible for Kraft’s $19Bn Cadbury acquisition in 2010.

     

    With the announcement of the separation of Kraft Foods Inc. into two separate publicly-traded companies, Mondelēz international, Inc. and Kraft Foods Group, Inc., Gerd led the many legal work streams that enabled the spin-off of Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

     

    Gerd is the President of the co-determined Supervisory Board of Mondelēz International in Germany. He was a member of the Kraft Developing Markets and the North American leadership teams before he joined the Mondelēz International Leadership team.

     

    Under Gerd’s leadership, the BU team has twice received Inside Counsel magazine’s “Most Innovative Legal Department” award.

     

    Gerd has a law degree from the University in Kiel, and is a member of the Bar in Bremen, Germany.

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    Jean Spence
    Executive Vice President, Research, Development & Quality

    Jean Spence is Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality for Mondelēz International, Inc. She is responsible for all product and packaging development, research, nutrition, quality, food safety and scientific affairs activities worldwide. She held the same position at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, prior to the spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October of 2012.

     

    Jean joined the company in 1981 as a Research Engineer for Maxwell House and holds three US and worldwide patents for her development work. She held a variety of management positions in Research and Development and Quality before being named Quality Assurance Director in 1993. A year later, Jean was named Research Director, Beverages, then became Group Director for Beverages and Desserts in 1995. She was named Vice President of Technology in 1996 and Vice President, Worldwide Quality and Scientific Relations in 1999.  

     

    In November 2001, Jean was appointed Senior Vice President of Worldwide Quality, Scientific Affairs and Compliance for Kraft Foods North America. In this role she  was responsible for quality on a worldwide basis, coordinating global compliance programs, scientific relations, regulatory issues, microbiology and auditing. In August of 2003 she was named Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Kraft Foods North America. In that role, she oversaw basic research, nutrition and product, product, package and process development.

     

    Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Jean worked in manufacturing as a Process Supervisor for Procter & Gamble in Staten Island, New York.

     

    She serves on the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG, the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.  She served on the US Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Advisory Council, representing the food industry.

    Jean received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

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    Hubert Weber
    Executive Vice President and President, Mondelēz Europe

    Appointed Executive Vice President and President of Mondelēz Europe in September 2013, Hubert Weber is responsible for Mondelēz International’s largest region by sales, encompassing 33 countries and around 33,000 employees and generating approximately USD 14 billion in annual revenues.

    Between 2010 and 2013, Hubert led the European and Global Coffee category for Mondelēz International, overseeing the expansion of the Tassimo multi-beverage system and new product launches such as Millicano whole-bean instant coffee. Under his tenure, the Coffee category grew by around 5% annually, propelled by around 25% year-on-year growth in Tassimo. The category fully embraced the trend among European consumers for on-demand coffee and realized its ambition to become a truly global business, with an 11% share of the global market and the number two global market position. Hubert has chaired the European Coffee Federation since 2011.

    Prior to his role in Coffee, Hubert led a successful turnaround of the key DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) during his tenure as President DACH between 2009 and 2010 and was Managing Director Spain from 2007 to 2009. During his 25-year career with the company he has been responsible for sales strategy in global and regional roles, and has worked in seven European countries, as well as the United States.

    A passionate advocate for Mondelēz International’s sustainable agriculture agenda, Hubert was the architect of the company’s industry-leading commitment that by 2015, all the coffee beans used in its multiple brands in Europe would be sustainably sourced. In 2012, Hubert launched a multi-year USD 200 million commitment to coffee, called Coffee Made Happy that builds on the sustainable coffee sourcing commitment and aims to create one million coffee entrepreneurs by the year 2020. Alongside his dedication to sustainability, Hubert’s focus on people and teams has prompted his ongoing campaign for a radical simplification of processes and systems in the European business, calling for the organization to “keep it simple” and to free up resources to focus on the essentials.

    A graduate in economics and business, Hubert studied at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim. Married with two children, his passion for food extends to his private interest in cooking and entertaining. He lives in Zurich.

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    Mary Beth West
    Executive Vice President and Chief Category and Marketing Officer

    Mary Beth West is Executive Vice President and Chief Category and Marketing Officer, Mondelēz International, Inc. She is responsible for Consumer Insights & Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communications, Consumer Services, Sustainability, and Corporate and Government Affairs.  She also leads the company’s biscuit, gum and candy, and chocolate Global Category Teams. She held the same position at Kraft Foods Inc., the predecessor to Mondelēz International, prior to the spin-off of the company’s North American grocery operations in October of 2012.

    Prior to this, Mary Beth was Group Vice President, Kraft Foods and President, North America Beverages sector, where she managed a $3 billion portfolio of iconic brands such as Maxwell House coffee, Tassimo, Crystal Light, Capri Sun and Kool-Aid. She was named to this position in April, 2006.
     
    Mary Beth began her career in 1986 when she joined General Foods as Associate Product Manager on Maxwell House. She held a number of marketing positions of increasing responsibility in both the Maxwell House and Desserts Divisions. In 1998, she was promoted to Vice President, New Business Development to work on new products. The following year, she became Vice President of Marketing for the Enhancers Division, leading efforts on Miracle Whip salad dressing and Kraft Mayo and salad dressings. In 2001, Mary Beth was tapped to run Kraft’s Meals Division, a post she held for three years. In late 2004, she was appointed Group Vice President, Kraft Foods and President, North American Grocery sector, where she managed brands including Jell-O, Cool Whip, Grey Poupon and A.1.
     
    She serves on Board of Directors for J.C. Penney Co., Inc. and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Mary Beth has been recognized for her achievements by the Minority MBA’s Next Generation of Business Leaders. She received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. and an MBA from Columbia University.