Mars Wrigley India Onboards Nikhil Rao As CMO

Rao joins Mars Wrigley India from Mondelez, where he was VP- Marketing for Southeast Asia region


Mars Wrigley India, Mars Inc's chocolate and confectionery sector in India, today announced the appointment of Nikhil Rao as its new chief marketing officer (CMO).   

Rao will guide the marketing vision, develop strategic initiatives, and oversee the full implementation of Mars Wrigley's portfolio strategy in India. He will work in the Gurgaon corporate office and report to Tamer Kadry, Country General Manager, Mars Wrigley India.  

Announcing the appointment, 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.”

Rao commented, “I am excited to join Mars, a global leader in snacking, food, and pet care 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 joins Mars Wrigley India from Mondelez, where he was vice president of marketing for Mondelez Southeast Asia (SEA). Throughout his nearly 25-year career at Cadbury, Kraft, and Mondelez, he has effectively transitioned from global, regional, and local BU sales and marketing responsibilities.  

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