Palmyra, WI and Kannapolis, NC – (August 3, 2020) – In order to continue to shape the company’s research & development strategy and drive its execution, Standard Process has named Gene Ford its new Vice President of Research & Development. In his new role, Gene will also serve as the leader of the Standard Process Nutrition Innovation Center.
“Standard Process prides itself on innovation, and we were looking for someone who had the experience and expertise to fill this very important role,” said Charlie DuBois, President & CEO of Standard Process. “We’re confident that Gene is a leader who will help take our company to a new level.”
Gene brings decades of experience within the food industry and has a well-established background of leading scientific and technical teams. His background includes more than 20 years with Campbell Soup Company, more than 10 years at Nestlé, and a number of high-level R&D leadership roles. He also brings experience in process development, product development, developing technology platforms, and developing R&D strategy. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University as well as a Master’s Degree of Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania.
“I look forward to working with the team to help the company keep moving forward,” Ford said. “Together, we can achieve success.”
Gene currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife (Debby) and two sons (Nick and Donny). He is very active in his community, and holds three board positions: Grand Rapids Symphony, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, and TrueNorth Community Services. His office will be located at the Standard Process Nutrition Innovation Center on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC — a first-of-its-kind facility that represents a new era of nutrition science specific to the whole food advantage.