Mars Appoints Dr. Maria Velissariou as Global Corporate R&D Vice President and Chief Science Officer

Dr. Velissariou was with the Institute of Food Technologists before joining Mars and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Council for Science and Technology.  

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated announced today the hiring of Dr. Maria Velissariou as the new Global Corporate Research & Development (R&D) Vice President and Chief Science Officer. Dr. Velissariou joins Mars on Sept. 13 and will lead Mars’ enterprise-wide approach to Quality and Food Safety, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and deliver Mars’ R&D strategy in partnership with its business segments. Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, President of Innovation, Science, Technology & Mars Edge and will partner with the existing Mars Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Corporate R&D, David Crean, as a transition to his retirement in April 2021.

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou was the Chief Science and Technology Officer at the Institute of Food

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Mars Welcomes Dr. Maria Velissariou as New Global Corporate R&D Vice President and Chief Science Officer | News

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated announced today the hiring of Dr. Maria Velissariou as the new Global Corporate Research & Development (R&D) Vice President and Chief Science Officer. Dr. Velissariou joins Mars on Sept. 13 and will lead Mars’ enterprise-wide approach to Quality and Food Safety, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and deliver Mars’ R&D strategy in partnership with its business segments. Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, President of Innovation, Science, Technology & Mars Edge and will partner with the existing Mars Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Corporate R&D, David Crean, as a transition to his retirement in April 2021.

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou was the Chief Science and Technology Officer at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she oversaw science, technology, and policy strategies, advocated for the science of food, and partnered with stakeholders across industry, academia,

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Mars hires former IFT chief science and technology officer as new head of R&D

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou served as the chief science and technology officer at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she oversaw science, technology, and policy strategies, advocated for the science of food, and partnered with stakeholders across industry, academia, government, and non-profits to advance the food system.

Prior to her role at IFT, Dr. Velissariou served in global corporate roles including VP nutrition R&D at PepsiCo, and various R&D positions at Kraft Foods in their coffee, refreshment beverages, cheese and dairy, and ingredient research segments.

“With global population growth and increase of supply chain complexities, I’m motivated by the legacy of resource, reach, and commitment of Mars to make a meaningful impact on the food industry,” ​said Dr. Velissariou.

Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, president of innovation, science, technology at Mars Edge (a business within Mars founded in 2017 focused on health and wellness through targeted nutrition) 

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Mars Welcomes Dr. Maria Velissariou as New Global Corporate R&D Vice President and Chief Science Officer

34-Year Mars Executive Veteran David Crean To Retire in April 2021

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated announced today the hiring of Dr. Maria Velissariou as the new Global Corporate Research & Development (R&D) Vice President and Chief Science Officer. Dr. Velissariou joins Mars on Sept. 13 and will lead Mars’ enterprise-wide approach to Quality and Food Safety, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and deliver Mars’ R&D strategy in partnership with its business segments. Dr. Velissariou will report into Jean-Christophe Flatin, President of Innovation, Science, Technology & Mars Edge and will partner with the existing Mars Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Corporate R&D, David Crean, as a transition to his retirement in April 2021.

Most recently, Dr. Velissariou was the Chief Science and Technology Officer at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she oversaw science, technology, and policy strategies, advocated for

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