Royal Canin has appointed Cécile Coutens as its new president, the first woman to occupy the role.
After nearly two decades at Mars Incorporated, and 15 years in the petcare industry, Coutens will take over the position on July 1, 2022. She succeeds Loïc Moutault, who will become president of Mars Petcare.
Coutens has been regional president for Royal Canin Americas since May 2018 and regional president for North America since January 2021. She was previously chief marketing officer and global leader for digital commerce, specialist pet trade and professional customer.
Prior to joining Royal Canin, she was global brand director for Whiskas and held marketing positions at Danone and Cadbury.
She said: “I have at heart to pursue Royal Canin’s purpose: A Better World for Pets. I am also conscious of the opportunity, the responsibility, and the challenges of the world we live in.
“I stand in service of cats and dogs, pet owners, pet professionals and partners as well as our 8,000+ Associates so they can do their job everyday knowing what they contribute to while being able to be fully themselves.”