Alanna McDonald brings a strong global perspective plus digital experience and more to drive the company’s mission
Mars Petcare, a company focused on veterinary health, pet nutrition, innovation and technology, has appointed Alanna McDonald as regional president for the Mars Pet Nutrition division in North America. Her position with the company will begin on November 21, 2022.
“Alanna is a proven leader who brings a strong global perspective to what consumers want and what retailers need. She understands the huge potential of a well-placed digital experience – enabling us to meet changing needs for years to come of pet parents,” said Ikdeep Singh, global president, Mars Pet Nutrition, in a company press release.1 “She is goal-oriented and a champion of equality, inclusion and diversity with a passion for employee development that will greatly benefit our North American operations and talented employees.”
McDonald has more than 20 years of experience helping remarkable brands grow around the world. Prior to joining the Mars Petcare team, McDonald held general management roles for recognizable beauty brands in the US and Canada for the past 7 years. These include president of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie at L’Oréal.
Before L’Oreal, McDonald spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble, where he worked in China, Hong Kong, Canada and the US in various category leadership, sales and marketing/brand management roles.
In this new role at Mars Petcare, McDonald will bring deep consumer packaged goods expertise to drive further innovation in the pet food category. She will be responsible for the entire portfolio of Mars Pet Nutrition North America and will develop the company’s people, brands and operations while pursuing the company’s purpose of a better world for pets.
“I am honored to join Mars Petcare, a purpose-driven and principle-based organization filled with employees dedicated to improving the lives of both pets and pet parents,” McDonald said in the release. “Pets have played an important role in my life, so the opportunity to be a part of the growing, dynamic pet category is an exciting next chapter, and I look forward to working with this passionate team to bring the iconic brands of the moving the company forward.”1
McDonald holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calgary and serves on the board of directors of Big Rock Brewery in Calgary.
Mars Petcare Names New Regional Pet Food President for North America. Press release. Mars Petcare. November 17, 2022. Accessed November 17, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mars-petcare-appoints-new-north-america-regional-president-for-pet-nutrition-business-301681188 . html