MONDELEZ International (Malaysia), the maker of iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Oreo, Jacobs, Belvita and Twisties, has appointed James Kane as managing director for Malaysia.
Kane brings with him prior experience as country head for New Zealand to drive further growth and operational excellence in Malaysia. He replaced Swadheen Sharma, who assumed a new role as managing director for southern, central and eastern Africa.
Kane started his career with Mondelez International in 1999 and held a variety of leadership roles around Australia and more recently in New Zealand. Over the years, he has developed proven commercial acumen, leadership capability and the ability to establish strong business disciplines and strategic customer partnerships.
“Malaysia is one of the fastest growing markets for Mondelez International. The business here owns an excellent track record for championing the vision to create moments of joy through our well-loved products. We also have in place a high-performing team that embraces a unique sense of belonging, making it a great place to work.
“Continuing this momentum, the business is ready to unlock new ways in bringing meaningful innovation and delighting our consumers. I’m passionate about growing our people, business and impact, while expanding our category leadership in chocolates, biscuits and salty snacks in Malaysia – just the way we are in every market we play,” Kane added.
His appointment came at the back of a successful fiscal year, having defended its leadership as Malaysia’s number one provider in chocolate and biscuit categories.
In addition, Mondelez International was recognised as the Best Halal Chocolate Bar under Heritage Brand for Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates at the Halal Brand Awards 2017.