Managing a team of 90 is definitely no easy task, but Nicole McMillan, Vice President of Marketing for Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) at Mars Wrigley Confectionery, and finalist of the Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award 2017, not only manages a team of this size but has become a source of inspiration for the women around her.
What sets Nicole apart from many others is her nurturing and supportive leadership style through which she has paved the way to create a stronger, more diverse workplace at Mars Wrigley Confectionery.
Since starting her career at Mars, Nicole has worked with some of the global leading food and beverage brands under the Mars umbrella, including Snickers, M&M’s, Twix and Skittles. Nicole was rewarded for her hard work and dedication and was eventually promoted to the position of Vice President of Marketing AMEA for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Managing 750 different products across 75 countries and territories, Nicole has demonstrated her skill as a valued leader and advisor in the industry.
Since commencing in her role, Nicole has streamlined the operating structure in her department to provide employees a sense of ownership over their work and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent.
She is now reaping the benefits of her compassionate approach with her team’s employee engagement levels increasing by 20 percent and attracting some of the best talents in Mars globally.
Her approach does not benefit employees alone. By nurturing employees, she is able to create a mutuality of benefit for the employee, the company but also the community at large.
Nicole is always looking for ways to improve the functionality of her organisation through the application of leading-edge technology. As biometric testing rapidly develops, she is optimistic about the insights these technologies will provide on how Asian consumers respond to advertising, compared to their Western counterparts. Such valuable insight will help inform the future of marketing on both a local and global scale.
Nicole is one of seven finalists for this year’s Telstra Business Woman in Asia Award category. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 21 November in Melbourne.
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