Peter A. Cheney, formerly one of the co-presidents of Mars Inc., has
joined the Board of Trustees at Western University of Health Sciences.
Mars Inc. is a $14-billion corporation with a direct presence in over 60
countries and its products are category leaders in over 100 countries.
Cheney said, “”The university has made great steps in its 29-year
history with a willingness to grow and change, anticipating and meeting
the needs in health care education. The university is driving forward
health sciences education especially with its philosophies based in
humanism and the no harm to animals in the veterinary college. These are
attractive to me coupled with the challenges of guiding the university
for the next 30 years of growth and expansion. I feel with my background
in business that I can have a positive impact as a member of the board.””
“”The trustees and I are pleased to have Peter join the board of the
university. His knowledge of strategic business planning and technology,
and his years of experience in industry make him a natural for the
WesternU board,”” said Philip Pumerantz, president of the university.
Cheney joined the 12-member board for its August meeting.
Cheney’s career with Mars began in the United Kingdom pet care
business of Mars Inc. in 1972. He spent several years working in long-
term research and product development before moving to the manufacturing
side of the business. In 1990 he moved to the United States and became
part of the Mars corporate staff based in McLean, Va. with responsibility
for technology in the Western Hemisphere.
Cheney served as president of Kal Kan/Uncle Ben’s and the regional
president of the food and pet care businesses in North America. His last
four years with Mars Inc. were spent as one of two co-presidents with
full responsibility for the corporate strategic plans and operational
Cheney’s affiliation with WesternU began in 1999 with the first
advisory board that was established to support the formation of the
College of Veterinary Medicine. He has served on the boards of several
major organizations concerned with the welfare of animals in our
society. He has also served on the board of the Petfood Institute, the
Grocery Manufacturers of America and the advisory board of Duke
University Children’s Hospital.
When not traveling around the world, Cheney and his wife divide
their time between their homes in California and Washington state.