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John Berschied

Former Head of R&D and Innovation S. C. Johnson Co., Alberto Culver Co., and Church and Dwight Co.

Dr. John R. Berschied has over 30 years experience in the consumer goods industry. He has served as the head of R&D and Innovation for S. C. Johnson Co., Alberto Culver Co., and Church and Dwight Co.

Dr. Berschied began his career at Procter & Gamble Co. and served in a variety of technology and innovation positions. Dr. Berschied worked on projects in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked in over a dozen categories ranging from detergents to personal care to food. He led projects and created new products that have generated over $1 billion in new business.

He has built strong innovation organizations and lead innovation turnarounds in multiple companies. He has managed product development, package engineering, package design, process engineering, fragrance and flavor technology and market research functions. Dr Berschied also served as Chief Compliance Officer for Alberto Culver, globally, and led the product safety and regulatory groups. He transformed the function to a business support mentality leading to faster execution to the marketplace.

Dr. Berschied received a PhD in chemical spectroscopy from Kansas State University, an M.A. in chemistry from Wake Forest University, and a B.S. degree in chemistry from Memphis State University. He currently serves as Chair of the Chemistry Graduate Advisory Council at Kansas State University.

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