Haben joins Wrigley as group v.p., managing director

by Eric Schroeder
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CHICAGO — The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. named Mary Kay Haben group vice-president and managing director, North America. In her new role, Ms. Haben will lead the growth and development of Wrigley’s U.S. and Canadian businesses, effective April 16. She also will join Wrigley’s executive leadership team.

Ms. Haben joins Wrigley following a 27-year-career at Kraft Foods Inc., where she most recently was senior vice-president of open innovation.

Earlier, she held various executive positions at Kraft since 1979, including senior vice-president, global convenience meals, grocery and snacks sectors from 2004 until 2006; group vice-president and president, cheese, enhancers and meals from 2001 until 2004; group vice-president and president, Kraft Cheese, Mexico and Puerto Rico from 2000 until 2001; and executive vice-president and president, Kraft Cheese division from 1998 until 2000.

"Mary Kay has a proven track record for successfully managing fast-moving consumer goods businesses, growing existing brands and developing new product and packaging innovations," said Bill Perez, president and chief executive officer, Wrigley. "I am confident that her strong skill set, strategic insights and global perspective will help us further drive our North American confectionery business."

Ms. Haben received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a master’s in marketing from the University of Michigan.

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