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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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Irene is Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, the global snacking powerhouse launched following her 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 2015 net revenue of approximately $30 billion, is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; 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 by reinvigorating iconic brands, transforming the portfolio into high-growth snacks categories, strengthening the company’s presence in emerging markets and aggressively improving margins.
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, the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum and The Business Council.
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.
President, Asia, Middle East & Africa
Maurizio Brusadelli is President of Mondelez International’s $5BN Asia, Middle East and Africa Region. He is responsible for driving growth in the dynamic emerging markets of China, India and South East Asia as well as our established businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Maurizio joined Kraft Foods in his native Italy in 1993. After taking on marketing and sales positions of increasing responsibility he became Vice President and Managing Director of our Iberia business in 2009. He later led the Gum & Candy category for Europe before taking the reins of our UK & Ireland operations in 2012.
After relocating to Singapore in 2014 to take on the role of President Markets & Sales, Maurizio was appointed President, Asia Pacific from 1 January 2016.
Maurizio graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan. Having lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the UK and Singapore, he is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.
Chief Growth Officer
Timothy Cofer is Chief Growth Officer for Mondelēz International. In this role, Tim oversees the teams responsible for corporate strategy, global categories, global marketing, and research, development and quality. This integrated approach enables Mondelēz International to efficiently allocate resources to the biggest and highest return growth opportunities for its global innovation platforms and Power Brands, including nine iconic brands that generate annual revenues of more than $1 billion.
During his career at the company since 1992, Tim has progressed through a number of roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and President, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to that, Tim led the company's European business, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He also held strategic responsibility for the company's 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 U.S. pizza business (2008-2010).
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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian Gladden is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Mondelēz International and leads the company’s Finance, M&A, and Best-in-Class Cost Leadership agenda.
Before joining the company in December 2014, Gladden was Senior Vice President and CFO of Dell, Inc., the Texas-based technology company. While at Dell, Gladden played a key leadership role in its transformation from a PC-focused company to a broad technology solutions company, as well as in its leveraged buyout in early 2014. He led all aspects of the finance function, and was also responsible for global information technology, security, facilities, corporate strategy and corporate development.
Previously, Brian was the president and CEO of SABIC Innovative Plastics, the successor company to General Electric Company’s Plastics business, after spending almost 20 years in senior financial and operational positions at GE. He ultimately led the sale of the GE Plastics business to SABIC in 2007.
Brian has extensive hands-on experience in operating excellence, financial discipline, driving down costs to fuel growth, balance sheet management and building and managing a large global business services operation. He also has significant emerging markets experience, along with a proven track record of creating shareholder value.
Brian earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Millersville University in Millersville, PA.
Executive Vice President Research, Development & Quality
Rob Hargrove is Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality for Mondelēz International, Inc. He is responsible for all product and packaging development, research, nutrition, quality, food safety and scientific affairs activities worldwide.
Rob previously served as Senior Vice President, Research, Development & Quality for Mondelez Europe, where he oversaw technical leadership for innovation, materials productivity, quality systems and reporting, scientific and regulatory affairs, and nutrition initiatives across the region.
Before joining Mondelēz International in 2013, Rob held several senior roles at PepsiCo since 1994. There, he led Frito-Lay’s Research & Development activities in emerging Asian markets and Australia from 2000 to 2002, their North America health and wellness snacks portfolio from 2002 to 2006 and PepsiCo Europe’s Research & Development portfolio from 2006 to 2013, with a heavy emphasis on the developing Eastern European region, including Russia. Rob began his career with Procter & Gamble in the UK as a product developer in the laundry detergent category.
Rob is a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London.
Executive Vice President and President, North America
Roberto Marques is Executive Vice President and President, North America at Mondelēz International. In this role, he’s responsible for leading Mondelēz International’s $7 billion North America region, which spans the U.S. and Canada and includes Power Brands like Oreo and belVita biscuits; Triscuit and Wheat Thins crackers; Halls candy and Trident gum. In this role, Marques is a business sponsor on the company’s Supply Chain Reinvention Steering Committee and Sales & Marketing Optimization team as well as a member of Mondelēz International’s newly formed Growth Council.
Roberto joins Mondelēz International after a successful career at Johnson & Johnson, where he most recently served as Company Group Chairman, Consumer North America, overseeing all aspects the $6 billion business, including beauty, baby and personal products and over-the-counter medicines. Prior to that, he held several senior management roles at J&J, including Company Group Chairman Consumer Health Care Global Business Unit, Worldwide President for the Vision Care Division, and President of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America for Vision Care.
His track record includes driving growth through global platforms and leading multiple businesses and functions, including start-ups, turnarounds and the effective repositioning and growth of leading household brands, including Acuvue, Aveeno, Band-Aid, Johnson’s, Listerine, Neutrogena, Neosporin, Rogaine, Splenda, Tylenol and Zyrtec.
Roberto is a board member of the Consumer Health Care Products Association, ENACTUS and the Brazil-U.S. Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business, marketing and strategic planning from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo and completed postgraduate work at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Roberto speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Brazil, Colombia, the UK and the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.