Ian leads Global Category Product Platforms Group for Chocolate focused on delivering the strategic innovation and renovation agenda for brands including Cadbury’s Dairy Milk and Milka around the world. He is the site leader for the Bournville R&D Centre in Birmingham.
Prior to joining Mondelez, he led the Global Emerging Snacks Technology group for PepsiCo R&D based across R&D Centres in Shanghai, Leicester, Plano (Texas) and Monterrey (Mexico) accountable for the creation and delivery of new technologies for non-Core products. Previous roles included the R&D strategy lead for Global Snacks and the Europe Sector Foods Innovation R&D group based in Leicester
He joined PepsiCo in 2007 from Unilever where he was latterly the Global Food Service Beverages R&D Director, having joined Unilever into the Colworth House research laboratory in the UK on completing his PhD in Biochemical Engineering in 1994. He subsequently worked in Sri Lanka, Japan, China, France, the Netherlands and the UK, in R&D roles from background research to commercial market leadership, including championing Open Innovation in Unilever Foods R&D.