Mr. Ralph Jerome

Vice President of Innovation
Mars Incorporated

Ralph Jerome is the Vice President of Corporate Innovation for Mars Incorporated, a multi-billion dollar branded food manufacturer headquartered in McLean, Virginia. With almost three decades at Mars, Ralph has been both an operational and strategic leader with a direct influence on Transformational Innovation and Science and Technology Development.

Ralph joined the company as a Senior Scientist, has held various roles in both Marketing and R&D, and has had several international assignments. He was the R&D Head for Mars’ business in Japan where his focus was on Petcare technologies; prior to that he ran the R&D Division for Mars’ Food Business in Europe; and most recently led R&D for the Global Chocolate Segment. While leading the R&D team for Chocolate, Ralph’s team enabled a number of major efforts to increase yields of cocoa farmers and the effort to 100% certification of the Mars cocoa supply chain by 2020. In addition, Ralph’s teams developed breakthroughs in product design and route-to-market innovation in emerging markets as well as maintaining and building competitive edge for long-term business growth in developed markets.

In his current role of Vice President, Corporate Innovation Ralph and his team have established a set of Grand Challenges which when achieved will provide Mars Business Segments with a competitive edge by defeating major barriers to sustainable growth.

Ralph has a Master’s degree in Food Science from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cook College, Rutgers University.

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