Home » Mars Appoints Fernandez President, Global Emerging Markets
Executive News National Snacks Brands

Mars Appoints Fernandez President, Global Emerging Markets

Gabriel Fernandez Mars
Gabriel Fernandez

Mars Snacking has appointed Gabriel Fernandez as president, global emerging markets (GEM) for Mars Wrigley. He succeeds Blas Maquivar, who has been promoted to global president, health and wellness for Mars Snacking.

Fernandez has been with Mars since 2005 and has held regional and corporate leadership roles in Latin America, Europe and North America. From 2016-24, Fernandez served as general manager of Mars Wrigley Mexico. During that time, he led the business through several key transformations, including the successful integration of Mexican chocolate brand Turin, the Wrigley portfolio and Mars Wrigley’s Caribbean and Central American markets.

In his new role, Fernandez will oversee the GEM region as it continues to build momentum and drive overall business growth. A key focus area will be continuing to cultivate a strong talent development pipeline and championing inclusion and diversity efforts across more than 140 markets within the GEM cluster. During Fernandez’s tenure in Mexico, female representation within the Mars Wrigley Latin American business rose from 10 percent to 40 percent. Fernández also led Latin America to significant financial success, achieving more than 50 percent growth.

“Gabriel’s extensive leadership experience and longstanding tenure at Mars make him a perfect fit to guide this burgeoning business into its next phase,” said Andrew Clarke, global president for Mars Snacking.

“Our emerging markets cluster is primed to continue to drive talent, innovation and growth for Mars Wrigley as we double down on our strategy to transform the snacking category. I know that Gabriel will take us to even greater success with his leadership acumen and track record of growth.”

Fernandez commented, “I am incredibly excited to continue the brilliant work led by Blas and the GEM leadership team and to partner alongside an energized team that lives out our global purpose of inspiring moments of everyday happiness. Following my experience in other emerging markets, I am eager to champion the incredible brands and talent that we have in this rapidly evolving, dynamic region. From iconic global favorites such as M&M’s to our local heroes such as Turin, I look forward to continuing our legacy of culturally relevant innovation for consumers in emerging markets.”

Read more snacks news from The Shelby Report.

About the author

Sommer Stockton

Web Editor

Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

Featured Photos

Featured Photo WAFC Convention
Gaylord Rockies Resort
Aurora, Colorado
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap