AMSTERDAM: Perfetti Van Melle Group, the parent of Mentos and Airheads, has promoted Stephanie Creech to group communications director.
In the newly created role, Creech is reporting to group CEO and executive director Sameer Suneja. She is responsible for all global PR and media relations, employee engagement and employer branding, Creech said via email.
Creech, who has worked at the company since January 2017, was previously the candymaker’s communications manager for the U.S. She relocated from Perfetti Van Melle’s U.S. office in Erlanger, Kentucky, to the group office in Amsterdam last month.
Holly Ingram has replaced Creech in her previous position, reporting to U.S. president and CEO Sylvia Buxton, with responsibility for Perfetti Van Melle U.S. communications, including PR and media relations, employee engagement and employer branding.
Ingram was most recently senior manager of communications at EyeMed Vision Care.
“I’m very excited to be part of the communications team with such an innovative company, and to continue to build on its commitment to internal and external communications,” said Ingram.
Perfetti Van Melle Group has 18,000 employees worldwide, 38 operating companies, 30 manufacturing facilities and sells products in 150 countries, Creech said. The company had net sales of €2.6 billion in 2015, according to its website.
This story was updated on March 3 with comment from Ingram.