Nici Bush is leading significant transformation programs across Mars, Incorporated.
She leads a cohesive enterprise “Future of Work” program. In this role, Nici is examining what needs to change and how, when and where we work together- from the future role of offices to ways of working and behaviors which will impact the 32,000 office associates across the globe.
Furthermore, partnering with the Global Supply and Inclusion & Diversity teams, Nici is driving inclusion and diversity intervention across the Mars supply chain to ensure diversity in leadership roles.
Nici’s career at Mars spans nearly three decades, multiple business areas, and numerous countries. Her talent for operations and supply chain management led her to roles of increasing responsibility including nine years on the Global Chocolate Leadership Team, serving first as VP of Supply and then R&D.
As Global Head of Supply, she was responsible for the worldwide Chocolate operations across 28 factories in 15 countries. As Global head of R&D she focused on Health and Wellbeing for the chocolate segment – driving a focus on small portion sizes, transparent front-of-pack labeling and consumer messaging that chocolate is a treat. She’s overseen major Mars initiatives in new product innovation, reformulation, nutrition labeling, and public policy advocacy.
For the last three years, Nici has successfully built on the great efforts that created our cocoa flavanol opportunity at Mars as the General Manager for Mars Symbioscience as part of the new Mars Edge segment. She led the team that reset the organization and overhead costs structure, revamped the complex supply chain, and fostered the unit’s entrepreneurial, risk-taking culture.
Nici takes immense pride working in the consumer goods industry for a business that lives into the purpose of “The world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today.” “The world we want tomorrow,” is a world where everyone thrives, society is inclusive, and the planet is healthy.
In her current role, she is embedding the learnings of remote working through the pandemic to create a set of flexible working practices that will step change the associate experience and business results for years to come.
Nici has a master’s degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) from the University of Cambridge in England and supplemented that with her passion for coaching, graduating from Georgetown University’s leadership coaching accreditation. She is an ICF certified coach (ACC level). She is also a member of the Women of Mars program and enjoys coaching female leaders in the business, particularly those in STEM.