Chief Science Officer, Mars Inc.
A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. He leads the strategic development, alignment and quality control of the food company’s multidisciplinary internal and scientific research programs.
Since 1995, Schmitz has participated in collaborations with several departments across campus, most extensively with the UC Davis Department of Nutrition. He is a senior scholar in management at the Graduate School of Management, and the Ciocca Visiting Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has taught MBA courses on business innovation in food/agriculture.
Research and News
Harold Schmitz shares Mars’ game-changing research on cacao sustainability as our Dean’s Distinguished Speaker.
UC Davis and Mars have taken that partnership to the next level by announcing an agreement to establish a new institute designed to deliver big-impact, Silicon Valley-type breakthroughs in food, agriculture and health.
By Harold Schmitz
UC Davis’ expertise in management, economics, law, engineering and many other areas is vital for companies such as Mars to innovate successfully.