Skilled business and research leader with a proven track record of improving employee engagement, delivering innovative new products, and matching products to consumer desires.
Sensory and Consumer research
Restructured a consulting business to enable growth and improve employee engagement
Delivered innovative new products which resulted in $100 million annual incremental sales over a 3 year period.
Recognized as outstanding leader by peers and superiors
Vice President01/2014 to CurrentCompany NameCity, State
Lead the day to day operations of a medium sized globally recognized sensory and consumer research consulting firm.
Drive new business growth through marketing, sales, new program development, and client management.
Target key areas for business development and build programs to achieve growth in these areas.
Run projects to support client research as needed.
Research and Development Director02/2013 to 12/2013Company NameCity, State
Led Seasonal Cross Functional R&D Team which was responsible for new product, package, and process development for the seasonal portfolio.
The portfolio included all chocolate brands and covered 4 major holiday seasons (Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas).
This One Billion Dollar complex and fast moving business required long term planning and development, attention to detail, and strong cross functional collaboration.
Innovation and Consumer Science Director03/2010 to 02/2013Company NameCity, State
Led Innovation New Product Development which delivered over $100 million per year in sales.
Managed idea generation, prototyping, optimization, final recipe, and process specification.
Led two R&D functional groups; Product Innovation and Sensory & Consumer Insights.
Product Innovation brought ideas/concepts to life and qualified them for commercialization.
Sensory & Consumer Insights provided in depth product insights from idea generation through development and commercialization.
Developed over 70 new products in 3 years and took half of them through qualification, and ensured quality executions.
Sensory and Consumer Insights Director03/2007 to 03/2010Company NameCity, State
Managed Sensory and Consumer Research which covered new product development, product maintenance, raw material qualification, chocolate development, shelf-life evaluation, and competitive product reviews.
Research was focused on market leading confectionary brands.
Managed a department that included 6 Sensory Scientists, 1 Sensory Technician, 15-20 Descriptive Panelists, and 5-10 contract testing agencies.
Oversight of 2.5-3 million dollars annually testing budget.
Product Development Manager11/2004 to 03/2007Company NameCity, State
Managed product development activities for Mars US moulded chocolate brands (Dove® and M'Azing®) with over 200 million dollars in annual sales.
Worked cross functionally with to ensure the quality of existing products, developing and commercializing new products, and line extension.
Supervised 3 Product Development Scientists and 1 Product Development Technician.
Sensory and Consumer Research Manager09/1999 to 11/2004Company NameCity, State
Worked within the Research and Development Division providing sensory and consumer research support to drive business results and fuel growth.
Executed research, evaluated data, and presented results.
Prepared and Moderated Focus Groups.
Senior Food Technologist / Sweetener Specialist07/1995 to 09/1999Company NameCity, State
Provided technical support on the use of high intensity sweeteners in various product categories.
Focused on food, beverage, confection, and pharmaceutical industries.
Executive Manager07/1985 to 08/1988Company NameCity, State
Directly responsible for the operation of family-style steak houses with approximate annual sales of one million dollars and staffs of 40 to 60 (salaried and hourly) employees.
Prepared yearly/monthly budgets and sales projections.
Implemented several new products and line extensions
Consistently ran units at or below budget and maintained high standards of quality.
Ph.D.: Food Science and TechnologyMay, 1995THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEECity, State
Master of Science: Food and NutritionMay, 1990INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIAState
Bachelor of Science: Dietetics and Food Service ManagementDecember, 1984INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIAState
Spectrum Descriptive Analysis
Focus Group Moderator
AWARDS and HONORS
R&D Manager of the Year (M&Mey) - 2012;
Corner Candy Store Award - Senior Leadership Team Business Contribution - 2010
Institute of Food Technologists (Sensory Evaluation and Product Development Divisions)
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