Mary Barnard, President, Chocolate Europe, at Mondelēz International was elected President of CAOBISCO for a two-year term at the Association’s recent General Assembly in Otranto, Italy, succeeding Alessandro Cagli, Director of the Ferrero Group EU Public Affairs Office (Brussels). Cagli becomes Vice President.
At the helm of Europe’s biggest chocolate business, Mary is the first female business leader to be elected to the role of president of the CAOBISCO Association, which represents the European chocolate, confectionery and biscuits industries. She began her term of office effective 15th June, 2018.
“It’s an exciting time to take on this position as our industry adapts to changing consumer expectations and a dynamic policy environment. As confectioners, chocolate-makers and bakers, we have unique story to tell about the enjoyment and nourishment we provide to consumers across the continent, and how we create value and opportunities across the supply chain in Europe, and beyond,” Mary said.
“I am honoured to be elected to this position and I thank the National Associations, and their members, for their trust. CAOBISCO represents business of all sizes and thus plays an essential role for our industry in actively promoting the sector and its interests. I look forward to engaging with CAOBISCO members and other stakeholders in the months ahead.”
Areas of focus for the two-year presidency include contributing meaningfully on behalf of the industry to the debate on mindful consumption and the benefits of providing a wide range of options for consumers, as well as continuing to advocate for the industry in Brussels and, through National Associations, across Member States.
A British national, Mary is responsible for iconic chocolate brands such as Cadbury, Milka, Côte d’Or and Toblerone at Mondelēz International and is a passionate advocate for the company’s global Cocoa sustainability programme, Cocoa Life. Mary joined the company as Managing Director, Nordics in March 2014 and assumed the Northern Europe Area commercial role from September 2014 to September 2016.
During her time in the Northern Europe business, Mary was President of the Cadbury Foundation, and a Board Member of the UK Food and Drink Federation. She has been a strong advocate for the confectionery industry in the UK and has represented both Mondelēz International and the industry in high level meetings with UK and Nordic governments.