David Crean

– Director of STRIDE Food R&D Consultancy Ltd
– Former Vice President of Corporate R&D and Chief Science Officer at Mars, Inc.

During his 35-year tenure at Mars, Inc. (“Mars”), David established himself as a globally recognized expert in research and development and a seasoned business leader. Prior to joining Mars, David worked as a microbiologist at the U.K. Public Health Laboratory service in Slough, UK. He then went on to assume leadership positions in developing markets and newly acquired businesses, living and working in various countries across Europe and North America as he climbed the ranks in several of Mars’ business segments. David made numerous contributions to the company, including developing novel analytical techniques, establishing global technology and research platforms, and spearheading product and business innovations. Most recently, David led the enhancement of Mars’ approach to food safety and quality. He was instrumental in developing Mars’ Quality Management Process and establishing the Global Food Safety Center, a hub of research excellence that focuses on technology breakthroughs and external collaboration. He also established many fundamental policies that helped guide and shape Mars’ science strategy and highly principled approach to science. 

David retired from Mars in April 2021 to embark on “career 2.0,” where he intends to focus on impacting the issues of food safety and food security by working with international agencies and businesses. He established STRIDE Food R&D Consultancy Ltd and is advising several food startups and new venture businesses. He also volunteers his time as the Chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Science and Technology Advisory group. In 2022, David was appointed to the board of TATA Consumer Products Ltd as an independent director.