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Meet our management team here in AMEA. Their main responsibility is to grow our people, grow our business and grow our impact. Learn more about the team by clicking their photos.
Maurizio Brusadelli is EVP & President Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) for Mondelēz International. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for more than 70 markets in the region. He is also a member of Mondelēz International’s global management team.
Maurizio joined Kraft Foods in 1993 in Italy in the Marketing department and subsequently moved into Sales and Trade Marketing. He assumed Marketing responsibility for the Italian division in 2002 and became Category Director, Philadelphia Europe in 2006. Maurizio moved to Spain in 2009 as VP & Managing Director of Kraft Foods Iberia. He went on to lead the Gum & Candy category in Europe and was appointed President of the UK, Ireland & Nordics operations in 2012.
He relocated to Singapore in 2014, to take on the role of President of Markets & Sales and Biscuits and was appointed to his current role in 2016.
Maurizio is President, Food Industry Asia (FIA), that leads the agenda and supports the food and beverage industry on a variety of issues in the region.
Maurizio holds a degree in Business and Economics from Bocconi University, Milan and is a Chartered Accountant. Having lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the UK and Singapore, he is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish.
Glenn Caton is Business Unit President, Southeast Asia (SEA) for Mondelēz International. He’s responsible for our SEA cluster of markets: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and the export business in the broader Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.
Glenn joined Mondelēz International in 2013 to lead the Chocolate Category for UK&I and was appointed President, Northern Europe, in 2016. He joined the AMEA Region in July 2018 as the Category President for Chocolate, Gum, Candy, Meals and Beverages and then was Senior Vice President for Growth. Before joining Mondelēz International, Glenn held various roles in different industries. He started his career with Procter & Gamble; was Managing Director of Hiscox Direct Insurance and Managing Director of the world’s largest direct-to-consumer wine business, Direct Wines.
He holds a degree in Business Administration from Aston University, UK. Glenn, his wife (Liz), their two sons (Sam and Joe) and Bernese mountain dog moved to Singapore in July 2018.
Kate Goodman is the President for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP) for Mondelēz International. She is responsible for leading the growth and end-to-end business in these dynamic and emerging markets. Kate is based in Dubai and is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team.
Kate joined Mondelēz International in 2020 from Kimberly-Clark, where she built a diverse and successful career over 24 years. Most recently, Kate served as Vice President for Middle East & Africa for Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business leading a strong consumer-led growth agenda with brands such as Huggies®, Kotex® and Kleenex®. Prior to this, Kate was the Vice President for UK and Ireland and before that held general management positions in South Africa and Vietnam.
Throughout her career, Kate has held diverse roles in General Management, Finance, Sales and Strategy. She is an accomplished global leader having lived and worked in Australia, USA, Asia, Africa, UK and the Middle East.
Kate is originally from Australia. She holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Deepak Iyer is President of Mondelez India Foods Pvt. Ltd and is responsible for leading the business of Mondelēz International in this dynamic and emerging market. Deepak is also part of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Leadership Team for Mondelēz International.
Deepak has extensive experience in the FMCG space with close to thirty years of management experience spanning sales, marketing, franchise and general management.
Prior to joining Mondelez India Foods Pvt. Ltd., he was the CEO and Managing Director of Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Ltd. He has also served as the CEO and Managing Director, Indian Subcontinent at Wrigley India Pvt. Ltd.
Deepak was earlier with PepsiCo Inc. for 17 years and has worked across several roles in India, South Asia, and Africa. He has also worked for Marico Industries, Coats Viyella India and Tata Telecom Ltd.
He holds a master’s degree in Management Studies (MBA) from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat.
Darren O’Brien is President for Australia, New Zealand and Japan (ANZJ) and is a member of the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) Leadership Team. Darren is responsible for driving the operational strategy and long-term growth of the ANZJ markets and leading its 2200 strong team members.
Darren has held numerous senior leadership roles in Mondelēz International since 2008 including being President of the Cheese and Grocery business in Asia Pacific and most recently President for Meals Europe and President Philadelphia globally based in Zurich.
Darren has extensive experience in the FMCG industry, having worked at CCA Snackfoods, Mars Petcare, Diageo and Fonterra prior to joining Mondelēz International. He has led organizational change, mergers and acquisitions including the acquisition and merger of Bonlac Foods, Peters, Brownes and Norco Milk into the Fonterra Group and Kraft Foods’ acquisition and integration of Cadbury in 2010.
Darren holds an Executive MBA from Singapore Management University, a Master of Enterprise (Leadership and Management) from Melbourne University, and a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology Sydney. He is based in Melbourne and is Chair of the Australian Food and Grocery Council Board.
Darren has been married to Roxanne for over 20 years, has three teenage children and Labrador Winston.
Yokesh Maharaj is the President for Sub Sahara Africa (SSA), a Business Unit (BU) in the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) region at Mondelēz International. He is responsible for driving the operational strategy and long-term growth of SSA markets. Yokesh is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team.
Yokesh joined Mondelēz International from Tiger Brands, one of the largest FMCG companies in South Africa, where he was the Chief Growth Officer, Consumer Brands. During his tenue at Tiger Brands, Yokesh was responsible for a portfolio including business units like Culinary, Home and Personal Care, Beverages and Baby. He also managed the Snacks and Treats business.
Yokesh has extensive Africa continent experience having been responsible for Tiger Brands operations in Africa, and previously as Managing Director Africa for Distell. Prior to this Yokesh worked for almost 18 years at The South African Breweries (SAB) where he held several senior management positions, including Business Unit President, Executive Director Sales and Distribution and Executive Director for Human Resources.
Yokesh has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, a Bachelor of Technology from the Durban University of Technology, and most recently he completed the Executive Development Program at the London School of Business.
His extensive experience, value-led style and deep knowledge of doing business in Africa will help Mondelēz International drive their growth agenda in SSA BU.
Joost Vlaanderen is Mondelēz International's President of Greater China and sits on the Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) Leadership Team. He is responsible for the overall business operations of Mondelēz International in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan markets.
Joost has been with Mondelēz International for 21 years in leadership roles with increasing responsibility across multiple geographies. He was appointed Country Director in his native Netherlands in 2006 and then General Manager for Cadbury Northern Europe in 2009.
After leading the Perfect Store initiative in Europe from Switzerland, Joost became the Managing Director of Turkey in 2015. He was then appointed Managing Director of Southern, Central and Eastern Africa in 2016. Vlaanderen successfully merged and transformed the Southern, Central and Eastern Africa business units and led the region to double digit growth. In 2018, he was appointed President of Greater China.
Joost graduated from University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a Master’s in Business Administration. He is based in Shanghai.
Rajesh Ramanathan is Vice President and Regional People Lead for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) at Mondelēz International. He leads the development and implementation of strategic capabilities and business transformation through fit for purpose operating models across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa markets. He is passionate about making organizations fitter with emerging skills and future proofing for exponential growth with a focus on right costs and overheads.
Prior to his current role, Rajesh was the Global People Leader for Commercial, R&D and Strategy functions where he was instrumental in evolving the role of the center, setting up Global Brand teams and standing up new Centers of Excellence including Snack Futures, eCommerce and Revenue Growth Management. As a strategic partner, he has collaborated with the Global Mondelēz Leadership Team in elevating capabilities and introducing new-age skillsets across Marketing, Insights & Analytics, Sales & Strategy and accelerating the company’s digital agenda.
Rajesh joined Mondelēz International in 2001 in the India business and has since helmed key roles such as Executive Director of Human Resources in India, and Regional Head of Capability and Talent for Asia Pacific businesses.
Rajesh holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Xavier School of Management (XLRI) Jamshedpur and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the Hindu College, Delhi University. Rajesh is currently based in Singapore.
Kris Giswold is the Vice President of Finance in Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) for Mondelēz International. She is responsible for all aspects of the finance function in AMEA and is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team.
Kris is a globally experienced finance professional with a broad understanding of consumer product organizations. She joined Mondelēz International in 1995 as a Senior Financial Analyst for Kraft Foods in the United States and has held various roles leading the finance function for categories and regions in North America, Europe and Asia.
More recently, Kris was the Chief Audit and Control Officer based in Zurich. Prior to that, she was Senior Director for Chocolate in Europe, and prior to that she was the Finance Director for the Biscuits category in AMEA, responsible for driving business results and growth in the category across 27 markets.
Kris is a strategic business leader with extensive experience across developed and emerging markets. She has expertise driving results across many facets of the business and extensive experience partnering with Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, Tax, Treasury and Legal functions.
Kris is originally from the United States. She holds an MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sachin Prasad is Senior Director, Commercial Strategy for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) at Mondelēz International. He is instrumental in steering the company’s commercial plan which includes marketing and brand programs, sales capability programs and Strategic plans for six Business Units in AMEA. Sachin is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team. Sachin joined Mondelēz International in 2014 from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he progressed through various roles of increasing responsibility from 2006.
Prior to his current role, Sachin was the Managing Director of Mondelez Indonesia where he led the market to double digit growth for four consecutive years, developed route to market expansion to reach more traditional stores, and built a winning growth culture with the highest employee engagement score in the company. Prior to that, he was Senior Director for Strategy, Analytics and Pricing in AMEA.
Sachin holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Operations from India Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore and a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from India Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Sachin is based in Singapore.
Thomas Gaengler is Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, AMEA.
Thomas Gaengler is Vice President Integrated Supply Chain, Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (AMEA), Mondelēz International. Based in Singapore, Thomas is responsible for Manufacturing, Engineering, Customer Service and Logistics and the application of best practices in supply chain and manufacturing across the region. He is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team.
Thomas started his career with Kraft Foods in 1993 at the Lörrach Chocolate Plant in Germany and progressed through a number of production and engineering roles in Europe and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEEMA) before becoming Plant Director in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1998. He assumed responsibility for Operations across Central and South East Europe in 2002 and became the CEEMA Manufacturing Vice President in 2004, based in Vienna.
Thomas led major greenfield expansion projects in St Petersburg and Sobinka (Russia), Bahrain, and Trostyanets (Ukraine), as well as the integration of the LU biscuit and Cadbury plant network across the region.
In 2012, he established two independent ISC organizations for CEE and MEA and moved to Dubai to lead the MEA ISC team. In 2013 he was appointed VP ISC, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and was appointed to his current role in 2016.
Sree Patel is Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Mondelez India and Legal Lead for the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) region at Mondelēz International. She is responsible for all aspects of the legal function in AMEA and is a member of the AMEA Leadership Team.
Sree supports the development and execution of effective corporate strategy and helps the business navigate the complex Legal and Regulatory environment across India and AMEA. Sree is a globally experienced legal professional with a broad understanding of business with extensive experience across Food, Pharmaceutical and FMCG industries.
Prior to joining Mondelēz International in 2011, Sree was Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited in Mumbai.
Sree is originally from India. She holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Mumbai.
Ophira Bhatia is Director, Corporate and Government Affairs (CGA), India and CGA Lead, Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA) at Mondelēz International. She is a member of the India and AMEA regional leadership teams. Ophira is also a member of the Global CGA Leadership Team and Mondelēz International Extended Leadership Team.
In addition to leading the function for India, Ophira is the Lead for the Corporate and Government Affairs function for AMEA, which comprises six business units including China, India, Australia, New Zealand and Japan (JANZ), Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa and Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP). Earlier at Mondelēz International, Ophira also led CGA for Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific Chocolate Category, in addition to India.
Ophira has been in the corporate communications industry for over 25 years and has consulted and worked with a range of both Indian and multinational clients in multiple markets. In her current role, she oversees the company’s corporate reputation programme, public and government affairs, internal and external communications, community and sustainability, issues and crisis management.
Prior to joining the company, Cadbury Kraft Foods in 2011, Ophira was Director, Mumbai and Lead of the Corporate Practice at Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm, and was responsible for the agency’s growth and development in India.
Ophira was identified as one of the ten global Rising Stars by The Holmes Report. She has also been recognized by Reputation Today as the 2020 Top 25 Most Important Professionals in Indian Public Relations and Corporate Communications; by exchange4media as Top 100 Influential Game Changers in Public Relations and Corporate Communications; and by Ad Gully India TV Powerful Influencer in Public Relations.
Sanjay Gurbuxani is Mondelez International's Director for Information Business Systems (IBS) in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). He also represents IBS on the AMEA Leadership Team and the region on the Global ITS Leadership Team. He also double hats as the Global leader for Digital Innovation, Intelligent Automation and Mobility.
Sanjay has over 20 years of digital business experience working across North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa in a variety of global and regional leadership positions of Mondelēz International (formerly Kraft Foods), focused on Digital, Sales, Supply Chain and Enterprise Applications. He has delivered large scale business and technology transformational programs that have directly impacted top and bottom lines of the business.
Sanjay joined the company in 1998 as a Project Manager in Kraft Foods, Illinois. He moved to Singapore in 2010 as the Information Systems (IS) Lead, Release Management and Analytics in Asia Pacific. In 2014, he was appointed the IS Lead for Asia Pacific and the Region ITS and Digital Leader for AMEA in 2016.
Sanjay has a Master’s of Business Administration from Loyola University, a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from Marquette University, and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from University of Bombay. He currently resides in Mumbai.