Dirk van de Put is Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, a global snacking leader evolving the role of snacking with 2021 net revenues of approximately $29 billion. Since assuming the CEO position in November 2017, Dirk has developed and mobilized a new corporate Purpose to empower people to snack right, as well as a long-term growth strategy and sustainability initiatives while delivering on key financial and strategic commitments.
Dirk joined the company from McCain Foods Limited, a privately-held Canadian company that is the largest marketer and manufacturer of frozen french fries, potato specialties and appetizers. Under his leadership, McCain saw strong growth in net sales, the majority of which was generated organically.
Before joining McCain, he was President of the Global OTC Division of Novartis Inc., a Swiss pharmaceutical company, and spent more than a decade with Groupe Danone, a maker of dairy, water, baby food and clinical nutrition products, where he served as President of the Americas Division and joint President of the Fresh Dairy Division. Dirk also holds a position as a Member of the Board of Directors at The Consumer Goods Forum, and has previously been a non-executive director of Mattel, Inc.
In the first 15 years of his career, Dirk held many sales and marketing roles in Europe and Latin America for Mars Inc., as well as The Coca-Cola Company, where he served as President, Coca-Cola Caribbean.
Dirk holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a postgraduate degree in business from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.