Mars , Supply Chain Director
For the last three years, Dave has been leading the Mars Food business as the end to end Supply Director, looking after commercial, manufacturing and logistics operations and has been exploring ways to really optimise networks.
Dave started his career at Unilever, after completing a BSc Hons Engineering degree at the University of Natal. He grew through several engineering, project and management roles before taking on a global role as a Supply Chain Technologist, based out of their Global Supply Chain center in the UK. He returned to South Africa to pick up the responsibility as Chief Engineer, before moving into a broader business oriented role as Program Director. Here he lead a business wide SAP implementation to bring together 3 separately run businesses into one with a “single face to customer”. This spanned the key business process elements within Order to Cash and Supply Chain. Following this, Dave headed up a manufacturing site in Johannesburg as Works Director for almost 3 years.
After 14 years in corporate life, Dave made the leap to launch his own e-commerce type business with a twist, Spressit Logistics whilst consulting as an Operations Specialist in a two large South African corporations. After several career relocations with the family, the incentive for this move also revolved around being Cape Town based with his wife and three children. Most recently, Dave assumed the role of Supply Chain Director for Mars.