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