MARS expands global team

Mars International Travel Retail has significantly expanded its global team with five new positions, reflecting its increased commitment to and investment in growing the confectionery category and to ensure total global coverage and support, says the company.

MITR believes it now has the strongest and most focused team to support its new strategy for confectionery in travel retail, launched at TFWA World Exhibition last year.

Regionally, MITR has created three new Business Development Manager positions reporting to General Manager Craig Sargeant, to better cover its business in North America; Russia/CIS/Eastern Europe and China.

Carrie Bauer has joined Mars as Business Development Manager Mars ITR, North America. With experience of duty free/travel retail and US department store channels, Bauer previously worked at Viva International/Marcolin, Fossil, and Binda Italia, managing such brands as Guess, Fossil, D&G Dolce & Gabbana.

Olga Zhivotarova, formerly with Mars Russia, becomes Business Development Manager, Russia/CIS/Eastern Europe. Changli Wang joins as Junior Regional Account Manager, based in Shanghai.

Jose Vera, formerly with Toms Confectionery and Cadbury Philippines, is now Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific; Bassam Saleh is handling the GCC area.