Valerie Mars serves as Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development for Mars, Incorporated, a diversified food business operating in over 120 countries and one of the largest privately held companies in the world. In this position, she focuses on acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures for the company. She served on the Mars, Incorporated Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee and is a member of the board of Royal Canin. In March 2018, she was elected to the Board of Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a Finnish/Swedish listed specialty paper business. Additionally, Mars is a member of the Rabobank North America Advisory Board, and also served on the board of Celebrity Inc., a NASDAQ listed company, from 1994 to September 2000.
Previously, Mars was the Director of Corporate Development for Masterfoods Europe. Her European work experience began in 1996 when she became General Manager of Masterfoods Czech and Slovak Republics.
Prior to joining Mars, Incorporated, Mars was a controller with Whitman Heffernan Rhein, a boutique investment company. She began her career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company as a training program participant and rose to Assistant Secretary.
Mars is involved in a number of community and educational organizations and currently serves on the Board of Conservation International, where she chairs the Audit Committee. She is also Director Emeritus of The Open Space Institute.
Mars holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School. She is married and has two sons.
Mars was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. on 12 October 2014.