The company said Topalian would combine his current responsibilities as sales director with overall responsibility for Mars Food UK, where he has been acting general manager since October 2020. He will also sit on Mars’ European Food leadership team.
Topalian's promotion follows Adam Grant's appointment as general manager of Mars Wrigley UK in March, having been regional general manager of Danone Dairy UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Ireland. Grant spent 17 years at Danone and his move marked the first external hire into the UK general manager role at Mars Wrigley.
Mars Foods has 13 brands in more than 30 countries, and Topalian has been its sales director since August 2019, overseeing Mars Food’s COVID-19 response, ensuring strong availability throughout the pandemic.
He helped lead the supporting role the company played for those in need, with the donation of five million meals in 2020 and the development of Mars Food’s partnership with the Trussell Trust, which operates a network of food banks in the UK.