Innovative Research and Development Leader Specializing in Food and Nutrition with Proven Success in Cost-Effective Product Development
Dedicated leader with 10 years of diversified experience in managing R&D teams and innovation product development from concept to commercialization. Data-driven R&D expert passionate about food and nutrition with proven results in cost savings initiatives. Leading and managing by example to optimize R&D’s capabilities and performance through restructure initiatives to drive revenue and growth goals with open communications and inclusions.
Directed and managed over 100 products and formulations with targeted budget from concept to commercialization for the entire company’s portfolio of national, international and private label brands to generate over $400 MM sales revenues in 10 years.
Achieved $3 MM total cost savings by maintaining strategic vendor relationships to negotiate better pricing with purchasing data analyses,
Accomplished up to 20% sodium reduction plus MSG and artificial flavors elimination in 80% company’s products to drive over 20% incremental revenues.
Reviewed and approved over 200 ingredient lists, Nutrition Facts, and packaging artwork ensuring compliance to FDA/USDA/and Canadian labeling regulations, dietary guidelines, nutrient content and health claims.
Managed and troubleshooted all technical issues over 50 new products large-scale production start-ups in various plants and co-manufacturing facilities.
Education: Master of Science in Nutritional Science with emphasis in functional foods’ scientific research.