Then a $6 billion consumer and industrial foods company; acquired by General Mills in 2002
Senior Research Scientist (Program Leader) - Bakery Products R&D(1989-1992)
Held positions of increasing scope in diverse businesses, culminating in the leadership of the packaging, product and process development teams. Directed packaging research activities for $1 billion Bakery Products Division while leading the entire R&D program for the Breakfast segment. Supervised a group of 15 scientists, engineers, and support staff. Administered a department budget of $4.2 million.
- Directed packaging R&D for the introduction of 27 new products and line extensions that contributed $65 million in new sales to the business.
- Headed a multifunctional team that provided product, packaging and process development support for a shelf-stable microwave popcorn product. Included development of a new microwave package that significantly improved popped volume, reduced old maids and extended product shelf life
- Created and presented a five-year strategic plan for the packaging R&D group, promoting alignment and a partnership relationship with the business.
- Implemented cost saving projects worth more than $750,000 annually