USA – American confectionery giant, Mars Incorporated has announced a new senior hire and addition to the corporate affairs leadership team with the appointment of Anders Bering as the company’s new Vice President, Global Public Affairs.

In his new position, Bering will lead Mars’ Government Relations Service Centers in Washington, D.C., Brussels, Beijing and Moscow, and Public Policy and International Government Relations teams.

Bering will be responsible for establishing public policy positions and public affairs strategies, driving stakeholder and influencer engagement on a number of issues ranging from climate action to human rights to trade.

He will be based in McLean, Virginia, and will report to Andy Pharoah, Mars Global Vice President for Corporate Affairs & Sustainability.

“I’m delighted to welcome Anders to our Mars Corporate Affairs Leadership Team,” Andy said.

“As the dynamics of global policy continue to shift around us, it’s more important than ever that businesses like Mars are working proactively to create the world we want tomorrow.

“With his significant experience leading government relations and sustainability initiatives for Carlsberg, Anders will bring a valuable, holistic perspective as we continue strengthening our global corporate reputation.”

Bering most recently served as VP Corporate Affairs for Carlsberg Group, which he joined in 2011 and was responsible for the global Corporate Affairs function, covering internal and external communication as well as government relations and sustainability.

Additionally, Bering was part of the management team in the Group’s Danish subsidiary, Carlsberg Denmark, and represented the Group in several internal and external boards.

Before joining Carlsberg Group to establish and lead their Corporate Affairs function, Bering worked for the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs as well as for the European Commission in Belgium.

“I am extremely pleased to join the Mars team to support the company’s leadership in sustainability and inclusive business growth,” Bering said.

“Mars’ position as a family-owned company with a history of innovation and an increasingly diverse portfolio shows how long-term decision-making and strategic partnerships can make of a century-old business more relevant than ever.”