Denise is the Vice President of External Communications and is responsible for leading a global team to build a positive reputation for Mars across media relations, social and digital media, consumer care, and issues and crisis management.
Previously, she led Corporate Affairs for Wrigley across its Americas operations, which included public affairs, consumer care, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, internal communications, as well as brand communications across of all of Wrigley’s confections brands, including Skittles, Starburst, Orbit and Extra.
She initially joined Wrigley/Mars in 2007 in a global role focused on health- and wellness-stakeholder communications. She subsequently worked as Wrigley’s Director of Corporate Responsibility, focusing on communications for the Company’s global Corporate Reputation, Oral Care, Foundation and Sustainability initiatives, including building partnerships with key external stakeholders.
Prior to Mars, she spent 10 years in Chicago at Edelman, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies, supporting clients across a range of consumer and health-focused initiatives. A graduate of the University of Iowa, she lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two daughters.