Mars Wrigley Onboards Nikhil Rao As Chief Marketing Officer

Rao will be situated at the corporate office in Gurgaon and will report directly to Tamer Kadry, the Country General Manager of Mars Wrigley India

Mars Wrigley India appointed Nikhil Rao as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). 

In his role, Rao will be responsible for shaping the marketing vision, leading strategic initiatives, and overseeing the comprehensive execution of Mars Wrigley's portfolio strategy in India. 

Tamer Kadry, Country General Manager, Mars Wrigley India said, “I am delighted to welcome Nikhil as our Chief Marketing Officer and key member of the India Leadership Team. The India business is on a growth trajectory, and our constant endeavor has been to drive relevance, be consumer-focused and agile. Nikhil will play a pivotal role in ensuring that Mars Wrigley India continues innovating in the face of new and dynamic competition and ever-evolving consumer trends. His wealth of knowledge

and experience will be instrumental in shaping and executing our long-term growth plans for India. He will contribute significantly to enhancing experiences with our iconic brands, much loved by our customers and consumers.” 

He will be situated at the corporate office in Gurgaon and will report directly to Tamer Kadry, the Country General Manager of Mars Wrigley India.

Incoming Mars Wrigley India CMO, Nikhil Rao commented, “I am excited to join Mars, a global leader in snacking, food, and petcare products and services, strongly driven by a powerful purpose – ‘The world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today’ and founded on the Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Mars Wrigley India is one of the fastest-growing business units for Mars, presenting an immense opportunity to shape the strategy further and drive the iconic brands and their execution to best-in-class levels. Mars has a unique, cohesive, and vibrant culture. I look forward to embarking on this journey with an incredible team of passionate associates at a time when both Mars and India are poised for the next phase of growth.”

Rao was previously associated with Mars Wrigley India from Mondelez, where he held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Mondelez Southeast Asia (SEA). 

With almost 25 years of experience, he has navigated through various roles in Sales and Marketing at the Global, Regional, and Local Business Unit levels throughout his career with Cadbury/Kraft/Mondelez. He is an alumnus of IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta.

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