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Expert in Open Innovation, New Product Development, Intellectual Property Management, Technology Strategy

Expert ID: 732611 Wisconsin, USA

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Experienced leader of new product development, technology strategy and development, open innovation, alliance management, licensing, deal structuring and negotiation, intellectual asset management, competitive intelligence, consumer and sensory science. Proven results based on sound business and technical judgement and excellent relationship skills. Able to work effectively in a wide range of settings. Known for building strong partnerships internally and externally. Led teams through significant transitions and transformations. Motivated, persistent, and creative.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1990 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Biomedical Engineering Institution: Northwestern University
Year: 1987 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Biomedical Engineering Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Sr. Director, Partner Development Department:
Lead efforts to build the innovation pipeline through external partnerships that bring new to Nature’s Bounty and new to the world ingredients and technologies into the portfolio.
• Created entirely new Partner Development function within the R&D organization. Established workflows and built open innovation tool kit. Provided training to R&D.
• Built a network of external partners across a range of technology areas. Completed several deals which provided competitive advantage for Nature’s Bounty in the market.
• Worked cross-functionally to develop and implement a new front-end innovation process for Nature’s Bounty. As the primary R&D team member, screened 200+ ideas and brought top candidates forward to stage-gate.
• Formed strong collaborative relationships with cross-functional partners including marketing, procurement and legal. Seen as a credible, reliable partner.
• Implemented the first invention disclosure process and successfully incorporated IP thinking into the stage-gate process.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2015 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Associate Director Department: Oscar Mayer Division
• Advance Technology Development – Developed and drove the technology and nutrition strategies. Managed a portfolio of technology platforms and external partnerships that provided both short- and long-term business-facing solutions with a business value in excess of $100MM. Worked across business units to identify emerging technologies with broad, multi-business-unit application.
• Meat and Ingredient Research – Led foundational research in areas such as clean ingredient lines, meat formulation, modelling and nutrition. Co-developed and implemented new ingredient system to enable “No Artificial Preservatives” claim for Deli Fresh Selects.
• Consumer and Sensory Science – Created and implemented learning plans for all key projects across Oscar Mayer, including identification and development of new tools. Managed the study budget of $900M and two internal sensory panels.
• Culinary Science – Developed flavor profiles, product prototypes, gold standards and recipes. Explored new cooking methods to deliver products that delight consumers for new products and extensions.
• Capabilities – Led open innovation, intellectual asset management and competitive intelligence for the division. Co-led the Open Innovation Collaborative Network for all of Kraft to ensure open innovation capabilities were developed and leveraged to achieve business results.  
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Enabling Technologies Title: Section Manager Department:
Drove technology development and open innovation efforts in support of business projects and strategies. Developed technology strategy aligned with 3-year business plan. Key areas of focus included development of new food safety systems, ingredient simplification, meat processing, new product development and emerging technologies.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 2011 Employer: Kimberly- Clark Corporation Title: Team Leader Department: Intellectual Asset Management and Competitive Intelligence
Led team that provided intellectual asset management and competitive intelligence capabilities to all Kimberly-Clark consumer products businesses.
• Team developed and implemented intellectual asset strategy which led to more business-facing portfolio management, and resulted in over $1MM in cost avoidance.
• Issued weekly competitive and patent activity updates.
• Led implementation of strategy tools including war-gaming, Porter analyses, scenario development and partnership identification processes.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director Department: Intellectual Asset Management & Innovation Processes & Capabilities
Managed intellectual asset estate to maximize the value of the portfolio.
• Structured and negotiated out licensing deals, consistently exceeding annual revenue targets.
• Led spin out of technology bundle and personnel to form Aurizon Ultrasonics, recently named one of Inc. magazine’s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America for the second year.
• Implemented new capabilities to stream-line R&E work processes, including technical documentation and portfolio management.
• Led diverse professional team through significant transition, including downsizing, redefinition of roles and responsibilities, changing work processes and changes in leadership.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2003 to 2008 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director Department: Corporate Intellectual Asset Management
Created and led a department of 55 employees across four functional teams:
• Global Alliances and Technology Acquisitions – Led efforts to establish and implement open innovation strategy and best practices. Team managed a portfolio of 20+ strategic relationships and venture capital investments. Personally accountable for deal structure, negotiation and alliance management resulting in more than $100MM in new business.
• Global Licensing – Drove value creation from intellectual assets via out-licensing of technologies and brands.
• Intellectual Asset Management – Accountable for enterprise intellectual asset strategy, including alignment with business strategy. Implemented first corporate-wide end-to-end intellectual asset management system.
• Knowledge Management – Implemented enabling systems and tools to support innovation. Examples include collaboration, document management, tacit knowledge capture and idea management.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2001 to 2003 Employer: Kimberly- Clark Corporation Title: Sr. Research Manager Department: Corporate New Venture Team
• Developed new capabilities around open innovation and business intelligence in support of new growth initiative.
• Started technology scouting community and established several key strategic partnerships associated with new business opportunities.
• Developed partnership process and supporting tools.
• Led the creation and launch of an enterprise Information Center Portal and consolidated physical library operations, resulting in improved services and 35% cost savings.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: Professional Health Care Title: Research Manager Department:
Managed R&D personnel, projects and budget for the Sterilization and Orthopedics Business Teams.
• Supported integration of acquisitions.
• Worked closely with the General Manager to establish business plans and priorities, and provided technical guidance for all projects.
• Supported manufacturing initiatives to improve production and reduce cost.
• Ensured compliance with QSRs and FDA requirements for medical devices.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: Absorbent Technology Title: Senior Research Scientist Department:
Led cross-functional team focused on fluid, material and product fundamentals for Feminine Care products.
• Initiated studies of fluid rheology and material structure/function relationships to model viscous fluid behavior.
• Supported development of new platform product for Feminine Care.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1996 Employer: Feminine Care R&D Title: Research Scientist Department:
Led commercialization program for Kotex Natural Curved Tampons.
• Coordinated activity with engineering, marketing, and mill resources.
• Established priorities and set day to day program direction.

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