Category Archives: Honorees and Award Recipients

WFFC Announces 2019 Annual Gala Honoree

Glen Rock, NJ – The Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. (WFFC) is pleased to announce that Dana Brown, Vice President Product Development, Beachbody LLC, will be honored at the 37th WFFC Annual Gala on October 17, 2019, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey. Ms. Dana Brown is a Vice President at Beachbody, where she provides leadership for global nutritional product development, including new product innovation, continuous improvement, and international expansion.

In the past 7 years with Beachbody, Dana has significantly expanded her role within the organization. In her current position, she is responsible for developing Beachbody Nutritional products on a global scale, as well as identifying innovation pipeline opportunities and driving the company’s nutritional growth strategy. Under Dana’s leadership, her team manages all aspects of product development from ideation to commercialization for dietary supplement and food products, including Shakeology, Beachbody Performance, BEACHBAR, 3 Day Refresh and Openfit.
 
Prior to joining Beachbody, Dana spent 6 years at Kraft Foods in Tarrytown, New York. In her last role at Kraft, Dana was a Senior Scientist responsible for the product development and launch of an innovative first-to-market platform, MiO Liquid Water Enhancer. Before working on liquid concentrates, she was responsible for projects in the Ready-to-Drink category, including Capri Sun, Crystal Light and Kool-Aid Jammers.
 
Dana is a graduate of North Carolina State University and holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Biology. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California. Dana is a dynamic leader passionate about building key relationships, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and mentoring junior team members. She also recently established a group to help empower women in the Beachbody organization within the areas of leadership and science.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

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.

WFFC Announces 2019 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Glen Rock, NJ – The WFFC is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Recognition Award recipients. They are Catherine Herman, Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc. (Nancy Poulos Leadership Award), Kay Murano, IFF (Flavorist Award), Jerome Epinette, Robertet Group (Perfumer Award) and Jennifer Romano, Bontoux Organics, Inc. (Innovative Excellence Award).

The award recipients will be honored at the WFFC Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Catherine Herman, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, Inc., is the recipient of the Nancy Poulos Leadership Award. Catherine began her lifetime career in the Flavor & Fragrance Industry more than four decades ago at Givaudan where the various positions that she held in the gas chromatography lab, organoleptic evaluation and data management provided a valuable foundation for her career in Regulatory. After retiring from Givaudan in 2008, Catherine worked for Belmay prior to joining FFS in 2013. Catherine enjoys life in the fast-paced regulatory lane where there is never a dull moment!  She is often heard saying, “in any other profession there might not be much more to learn after 43 years; however, in regulatory every day is a new opportunity to grow”. Catherine relishes spending time with family and her wonderful husband.  In her spare time, she volunteers as a mentor to single mothers & teaching Sunday school. She enjoys cooking, reading and gardening.

Kay Murano, Ph. D., Flavorist at IFF, is the recipient of the Flavorist Award. Three words which describe Dr. Kay Murano are honest, passionate and detailed. Her career path has led her to becoming a highly regarded Scientist and Certified Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances specializing in taste modulation and flavor design.

Kay’s professional path to mastering both the science and art of flavor design started early in her career. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from St. John’s University ultimately being offered a position within IFF’s Global Flavor Research Lab where she has contributed to numerous patents and publications. After Kay earned her doctorate in food science from Rutger’s University she decided to explore the world of creative clavor design by joining IFF’s Creative Flavor Lab where she put both her technical expertise of flavor chemistry and her passion for art to work. Since joining the Creative Labs at IFF, Kay has found success in the alcoholic beverage segment and is a lead modulation expert.  Kay is recognized for her innate skills around ideation and creative concept design. Kay is a committed member of our industry; in addition to mentoring on a daily basis, she is a certified member of the Society of Flavor Chemists and has served on the Board of Directors of the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce from 2006-2016, over which time she held the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. While Flavor Design and Professional Achievement is certainly a passion for Kay, her heart is with her beautiful family. She is most proud of her decision to marry her husband and best friend. Together, they are raising their amazing two-year-old son who is truly Kay’s greatest creation.

Jerome Epinette, Vice President of Perfumery with Robertet Group is the recipient of the Perfumer Award. He began his career in Robertet’s Paris office in 2003 and joined the U.S. team to launch the New York Creative Center in 2006. Jerome is the only two-time winner of the Fragrance Foundation’s prestigious “Perfume Extraordinaire” award.  

Jerome earned a master’s degree in Biochemistry in Dijon, France and attended the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in Grasse, France. His perfumery work is inspired first and foremost by the beauty of nature; the sights, sounds and scents of flowers, forests, the sea and the sea breeze.  In his spare time, Jerome is an accomplished cook and enjoys blending different types of herbs in unique combinations to create new culinary experiences. Had he not become a perfumer; Jerome would have become a sommelier. His admiration for winemaking is influenced by his hometown of Burgundy, and he loves to attend wine tastings and compare the different notes in wine, just like in perfumery. As a part of the creative process, Jerome is always striving to make something new and different.  He enjoys working with niche brands because he gets a lot of room to be creative.  His formulas are often simple and shot, but they are elegant and authentic. Jerome is known for his mastery of Robertet’s natural ingredients to create exceptional quality in his fragrances. He is an amazing creative talent and continues to delight his clients with his ability to translate his vision into olfactive treasures.

In 2016, the WFFC Board created the “Innovative Excellence Award,” honoring an individual who offers novel contributions to the industry, and acts as a role model for guiding change and innovations. This year’s Innovative Excellence Award recipient is Jennifer Romano, Commercial Director of Bontoux Organics, Inc. At Bontoux Organics, Jennifer manages all aspects of the business including sales and sourcing of all organic materials, establishing and managing customers and producer relationships, and continuing to build on the established and outstanding Bontoux reputation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of NAFFS. Jennifer’s mission has always been to help her customers build their brands by creating partnerships based on trust, transparency, and the quality and safety Bontoux is known for. Before coming into the F&F industry over 12 years ago, Jennifer started her career with an aerospace engineering company – where she spent 10 years helping to build a company from a two-employee start-up to a dot.com era sale of $700MM. Jennifer is the extraordinarily proud mother of 4 children (two sons and two daughters) and resides in Jackson, NJ. In her free time, she loves to play golf, bake, read, crochet, knit, and ride her Peloton. 

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

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.

WFFC Announces 2018 Gala Honoree: Suzanne McCormick, Method

Glen Rock, NJ – Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce that Suzanne McCormick, Senior Director of Fragrance, method products, will be honored at the 36th WFFC Annual Gala on October 18, 2018, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

Suzanne McCormick, 2018 Annual Gala Honoree

For more than 25 years Suzanne has played roles ranging from sales to development in the fragrance industry.

She was hired by Firmenich in 1992. After completing their training course, she was sent into the field as a salesperson in Personal Care covering the Midwest and West Coast. In 1997 she transitioned to their Fine Fragrance team in NY.

Olfactive training was an ongoing priority at Firmenich, ranging from attending courses at ISIPCA to weekly classes conducted by perfumers. This continuous training prepared Suzanne to transition to the development side of the business.

Suzanne joined method products in 2006 and has led the fragrance pillar for the brand since then. She has enjoyed working across their broad portfolio made up of personal care, home care, fabric care and baby + kids lines. She is a proud member of the Formulation + Fragrance team (Formulance) which is made up of 90% women. One of the most rewarding parts of her role at method products is mentoring and collaborating with her fragrance colleagues.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

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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WFFC Announces 2018 Annual Recognition Award Recipients

Glen Rock, NJ – The WFFC is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual Recognition Award recipients. They are Celine Roche, Givaudan (Nancy Poulos Leadership Award), Kathi Sparks, ADM Nutrition (Flavorist Recognition Award), Susan Arslaner, Symrise Inc. (Perfumer Recognition Award) and Linda Lakind, Firmenich (Innovative Excellence Award).

The award recipients will be honored at the WFFC Annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Celine Roche

Celine Roche, senior marketing account manager, Givaudan, will be receiving the Nancy Poulos Leadership Award. Celine is an executive and client advocate with 19 years of experience in the flavor and fragrance industry. She began in Southern France working for Calchauvet (now Firmenich), where she specialized in natural ingredients and collaborated on fine fragrance development with renown perfumers. Her lifelong affinity for the US then led her to the West Coast and on to NYC, where she settled for 17 years. She worked for Mane as vice president specialty ingredients and fine fragrance account executive and now as senior marketing account manager for Givaudan. To further her commitment to the fragrance community, she joined the WFFC in 2002, and presided over the organization from 2012 to 2014, creating innovative educational events and gatherings to empower women. Celine studied international trade at the Institut Superieur Marseille Cadenelle in France and contemporary business methods at San Diego State University.

Kathi Sparks

Kathi Sparks, Chief Flavorist, ADM Nutrition, will receive the Flavorist Recognition Award. Sparks has 24 years of flavor industry experience. In her current role of chief flavorist, at ADM Nutrition, she enjoys mentoring her team through professional development, flavor creation collaboration and project management while continuing to develop across categories in sweet, beverage and savory. She began her career at Wild Flavors, encompassing various roles including quality assurance and food applications, before obtaining a position in savory flavor creation. She began her flavor training in the savory lab focusing on vegetarian reaction flavors and flavor top-notes. Kathi achieved membership in the Society of Flavor Chemists in 2004. To expand her knowledge, she began creating for beverage applications in 2007, focusing on indulgent sweet and fruit flavor creation. Kathi is an active member of the Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), as well as the Society of Flavor Chemist (SFC) membership committee.

Susan Arslaner

Susan Arslaner, senior technical perfumer, Symrise Inc. will receive the Perfumer Recognition Award. Susan’s quiet entry into the fragrance industry began in 1983, as a perfumery lab technician in the Ramsey, NJ offices of PPF, Ltd. a British fragrance house. Prior to that Susan had graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. degree in biology. Susan spent the next 13 years as a lab technician in the perfumery and application departments of both Bush, Boake, Allen and Dragoco. In 1996 she was promoted to perfumery specialist and began training as a technical perfumer. Over the next 22 years, Susan progressed to her current position as Symrise North America’s senior technical perfumer.

Linda Lakind

In 2016, the WFFC Board created the “Innovative Excellence Award,” honoring an individual who offers novel contributions to the industry, and acts as a role model for guiding change and innovations. This year’s Innovative Excellence Award recipient will be Linda Lakind. Linda is the flavors marketing director for North America at Firmenich. For more than 25 years Linda has been monitoring and forecasting consumer, market and flavor trends, sharing these observations with innovative new product concepts to a wide range of food and beverage customers. She is passionate about providing companies with insights to create great tasting products for their consumers around the globe. She has an M.S. in public relations, and a B.A. in psychology, both from Boston University.

Registration is now open for the June Recognition awards.

For more information please visit our website www.wffc.org or contact us at info@wffc.org

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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