Mars Wrigley Australia has announced Andrew Leakey as the company’s new general manager, as Andrew Loader departs the business.
Leakey will be based at the Mars Wrigley’s headquarters in Melbourne and will oversee the manufacturing facilities in Asquith (NSW) and Ballarat (VIC) and the 17 confectionery brands including Extra, Maltesers, M&Ms, Mars, Skittles and Eclipse.
Having worked with the business since 2008, he returns to Australia having held roles in Asia and the Pacific, as well as the general manager position at Mars Wrigley India, where he oversaw double digit growth. He also was the head for the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Islands operations from 2011-2016, and as marketing director launched the award-winning EXTRA “Eat. Drink. Chew” campaign.
“It’s great to be back in Australia, leading a business with a strong legacy of market leading brands, great Associates, strong customers and passionate consumers. For over 100 years, Mars has remained committed to local manufacturing in Australia and this year we’re looking forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Ballarat site with our customers and consumers,” Leakey said in a statement.
Andrew Loader, vacates the general manager position after almost 20 years to support new and emerging businesses and the development of young leaders.