Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, HARIBO of America
Wes Saber has been an international leader in innovative management philosophy and business development for more than 22 years. His expertise in developing global enterprises has led him to his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for HARIBO of America, producer of the #1 gummi in the U.S.
As EVP and CFO for HoA, Mr. Saber has created a holistic approach for international operations between the company and its affiliates, ensuring the global reach of HARIBO is successful in the U.S. He spearheaded the development of the $242M investment to build HARIBO’s first-ever U.S. factory, projected to create more than 400 jobs in the first phase build-out. The factory will be in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and upon completion it will be one of the largest confectionery plants in the U.S.
Prior to joining HARIBO, Mr. Saber had roles in 25 countries around the world, including Turkey, Egypt, Africa, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. His most recent role was with Mars, Inc. where he worked with the Chocolate segment to develop the business in Europe, Russia and the U.S. He has also held leadership roles in Finance and Marketing with Pizza Hut and KPMG.
Mr. Saber holds his MBA from Northern Illinois University and has continued his learning with Harvard Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership. In addition to English, Mr. Saber is fluent in Arabic and also speaks Turkish and French. He is an active Board Member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and a past Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha. Mr. Saber is passionate about engaged, diverse environments and has a deep appreciation for collaboration, cultural learning and inclusion.