Eight months after resigning as CFO of Dell, Brian Gladden has a new job at Mondelez International, one of the world’s largest snack companies, where he will succeed David Brearton as finance chief.
Gladden, 49, spent six years at Dell, helping to engineer the October 2013 privatization of the computer maker in a $24.9 billion leveraged buyout by CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management. He assumes his new role as executive vice president and CFO at Mondelez on Oct. 13.
When Gladden left Dell, it was reported that he was looking to be a CEO. In an email, he told Bloomberg, “I do have a desire to run a company, which I have done before.”
Gladden was the president and CEO of SABIC Innovative Plastics, the successor company to General Electric’s plastics business, in 2007-2008, after spending almost 20 years in senior financial and operational positions at GE.
Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld said in a news release, “Adding Brian to our leadership team will accelerate our progress in becoming the best snacking company in the world. Brian has a proven track record in financial and operating discipline, aggressive cost management to expand margins and fund growth, and building and leading a global business services operation.”
Brearton, 53, will stay on at Mondelez until Dec. 1, when he will become executive vice president of strategic initiatives, focusing primarily on Mondelez’s joint venture with Jacobs Douwe Egberts of the Netherlands. The partnership, announced in May, combines the two companies’ coffee businesses, which include such brands as Gevalia and Kenco from Mondelez and Douwe Egberts and L’OR from D.E Master Blenders 1753.