Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, Drinks and Multisales
Mars to the core, Fiona joined the Mars graduate scheme in 1988 straight from Trinity College, Dublin. Apart from a few years at Pepsi, Fiona has spent her working life with the business in roles including European Marketing Vice President, Managing Director and then President of Mars Chocolate UK. Fiona has participated in the Mars Chocolate Global Board and also acted as President of Mars Global Retail.
Fiona now serves as Global President of Mars Food, Drinks, and Multisales and is a member of the Mars Incorporated Leadership Team, overseeing sales in excess of $33bn. Mars Food is the fourth largest segment at Mars, Incorporated and is the proud provider of much-loved brands like UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO® and MASTERFOODS®.
Fiona has a passion for the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship and human rights, especially in the developing world. She is a member of the Women’s Business Council and has served on the Economic Development Advisory Group to the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).
Fiona previously served as President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Vice President of the Food and Drink Federation, where she led both the Sustainability and Health and Wellbeing committees, becoming a pivotal member of the UK Responsibility Deal. In 2013, while President of Mars Chocolate UK, she was the first woman to win The Grocer Cup – voted by readers of The Grocer, and awarded to business leaders who have inspired their teams to achieve exceptional results.
In November 2016 Fiona was awarded the IMAGE Magazine Businesswoman Of The Year (Overseas) award.