WFFC Announces 2013 Open Dinner Honoree
NEPTUNE, NJ Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Karahadian, Global Director of Sensory - R&D Division, Starbucks Coffee Company, will be honored at the 31st WFFC Open Dinner on September 25, 2013, at the Westmount Country Club in West Paterson, New Jersey.
Karahadian joined Starbucks in 2011, after spending 17 years at Flavor and Fragrance House Firmenich. At Starbucks, she has successfully established the global standardization for testing processes and tasting descriptive protocols, from consumer research to product development, with a focus on emerging markets.
As the daughter of a California walnut grower, Karahadian was exposed to the production and processing of food from a very early age. Her passion for food has led her into applied food science, first as an academic, and later as a practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of CaliforniaDavis, as well as her Master of Science and PhDdegrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She became an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and Purdue University in Foods and Nutrition. She published 25 peer-review academic papers. Under her guidance and mentorship, one PhD and four MS students successfully obtained their academic accreditations.
Karahadian came to the flavor and fragrance industry when Firmenichoffered her an opportunity as a Sensory Manager at its North American Flavor Division in 1995.Sheeventually rose to become Vice President of Global Sensory and Consumer Research at the Division.She spent several years working at the company’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, building a global sensory program and a descriptive expertise center in Mumbai, India.
When asked about the defining moment in her career, she replied, “When others believed in me and gave me the opportunity to change my world and impact those who I touch!”
To bring further impact to those she touches, Karahadian volunteers her time and food science expertise at the Seattle Chapter of Expanding Your Horizons, a non-profit organization where girls in the 6th to 8th grades can explore math, science and technology. She has also been a supporter of the local Rescue Missions where she has lived.
About the WFFC
The WFFC, Inc. was founded in 1982 by women employed in various capacities in the U.S. flavor and fragrance industry. This organization was borne out of a recognized need for a networking, education and support system for women in our industry. Our mission has been and remains to this day to provide a center of education, camaraderie, support and networking opportunities for women in our industry. Our membership encompasses women involved in sales, purchasing, customer service as well as technical careers.
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