Duffin-Maxwell joins Dean Foods in R.&D.
April 22, 2008
by Eric Schroeder
DALLAS — Dean Foods Co. has named Kelly Duffin-Maxwell to the newly created position of executive vice-president of research and development. Ms. Duffin-Maxwell will be instrumental in growing the newly opened Dean Foods Research & Development Center located in Broomfield, Colo.
"We are placing an increased emphasis on brand-building and innovation and have strengthened our product development and marketing capabilities," said Gregg Engles, chairman and chief executive officer. "Kelly’s knowledge in converging science and business to the advantage of customers and consumers make her an important addition to Dean Foods."
Ms. Duffin-Maxwell has more than 20 years of research and development experience, most recently at Kraft Foods Inc., where she was senior vice-president of breakthrough innovation. Earlier, she worked throughout the Kraft organization, including in the cheese, convenient meals and grocery categories, as well as in basic flavor and ingredient research for North America. She also spent seven years in Munich, Germany, where she led an organization of 350 people across 24 R.&D. sites in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Among her responsibilities was the Kraft Confectionery business, where she led efforts on some of Europe’s leading chocolate brands, including Milka and Toblerone.