Royal Canin has appointed Cécile Coutens as its new President effective 1 July. Coutens will succeed Loïc Moutault who will become President of Mars Petcare.
Coutens, who will be the first female President of Royal Canin, has spent almost two decades at Mars, Incorporated, with 15 of those years in the pet care industry.
She has been Regional President for Royal Canin Americas since May 2018. In January 2021, following continuous high double-digit growth across North and South America, she became the Regional President for North America, heading five business units, which include six factories located in the US and Canada and 2,000 employees.
She was previously Chief Marketing Officer and Global Leader for Digital commerce, Specialist Pet Trade and Professional Customer for Royal Canin.
Prior to joining Royal Canin, Coutens was Global Brand Director at Whiskas and she also held multiple marketing positions at Danone as Marketing, Digital, and Consumer Care Director in the Baby Nutrition division, and at Cadbury where she began her career in 1995.
She holds a master’s degree from Paris’ ESCP Business School with a major in Business, Marketing, and Communication.
Coutens says that her heart embodies Royal Canin’s purpose of building 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 every day knowing what they contribute to while being able to be fully themselves,” she says.
The Royal Canin Division, the owner of the Royal Canin brand, is part of Mars Petcare and a global leader in health through nutrition for cats and dogs.
Founded more than 50 years ago by French veterinarian Dr. Jean Cathary, Royal Canin continues to push the limits of nutrition and knowledge in partnership with pet professionals and experts to live its purpose: A Better World for Pets.