Wrigley's Mary Kay Haben steps down

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., a unit of McLean, Va.-based Mars Inc., announced its North America president Mary Kay Haben is stepping down after four years with the company and a search for her successor is under way (led by New York-based Pickens Co., an executive search company).

 

Haben, who previously spent 27 years at Northfield-based Kraft Foods Inc., leads Wrigley's U.S. and Canada businesses under Wrigley President Dushan "Duke" Petrovich, reports Crain's Chicago Business.

 

"Over her more than three years with Wrigley, Mary Kay led the teams that drove successful growth of our business, including the launch of 5 gum and the expansion of our confections business with Life Savers, Skittles and Starburst," a Wrigley spokesman said in a statement. "Mary Kay will be missed and we wish her well in this next chapter of her life."