Mario Maffie is swapping his name tag from Mars Incorporated to United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI). The leader will be joining UNFI’s C-suite team as the company’s new Chief Information Officer.
Before joining Maffie, he most recently served as CIO since 2018 at Mars Incorporated, a release stated. In that role, he oversaw technology for corporate functions, including HR, Procurement, Finance, Legal, and others. Maffie also oversaw global technology capabilities like master data management; reporting and integration services; and platforms, automation, supply chain, and global ERP.
Prior to his CIO appointment, he served as Senior Director, Technology Strategy and Execution, and in director roles supporting Global Technology Transformation and End User Technologies. In total, he spent 24 years with the company.
Effective October 2, 2023, he will lead the distributor’s Information Technology (IT) team, oversee critical network systems integration work, and help accelerate the use of data and insights in support of customers and suppliers.
“Our Information Technology team, the backbone of our operations, is currently engaged in network and systems integration work that is critical to the success of our business and the Transformation we have undertaken,” said Erin Horvath, Chief Operating Officer, whom Maffie will report to. “Over the past 20-plus years, Mario has been at the forefront of helping Mars harness the power of data, analytics, and automation, ensuring that Mars continually evolved its technology through new platforms and modern capabilities, including AI-based programs and digital transformation initiatives. He brings a wealth of experience in strategy development and execution and is known for nurturing the talent of tomorrow. We’re excited for Mario to join our team and look forward to the positive contributions he will make in this leadership position.”
Cheers to Mario Maffie as he starts his new role!