Mars is the 6th largest private company in the world, with revenues of $35bn in 2018. Mars operates in five business segments, Confectionery, Petcare, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience.

Ben worked for Mars for 11 years, joining on the Graduate program and leaving after 3 years as Director of Category Leadership, after roles in Marketing, Sales and Category Strategy. Whilst at Mars, Ben had the immense privilege of being personally trained in marketing by Byron Sharpe, author of the seminal work on marketing “How Brands Grow” and in company strategy, turnaround and business transformation by Professor Don Sull of London Business School.

One of Ben’s proudest achievements at Mars was the creation of a new strategic template for the Petcare category which lead to 3 consecutive years of share gain and 3 years of #1 rating by retailers.

“Having spent many years in the field of talent management, I have complete confidence in ascribing Ben Thompson as “One To Watch”. Having recruited him on to the Mars accelerated development programme, I have watched him grow and mature as a leader. His principal strengths are his integrity, warmth, drive, humour, humility and his innate ability to win others over in seconds. It is truly inspirational to see him in action and turn all of these strengths into great business results.”

Arvi Dhesi
Senior Client Partner
Korn Ferry

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