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Jean E. Spence Elected to Clarkson University Board of Trustees
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As executive vice president of Global Technology & Quality for Kraft Foods, Spence is responsible for all product and packaging development, research, nutrition, quality, food safety, and scientific affairs worldwide.
Spence joined Kraft in 1981 as a research engineer for Maxwell House coffee research and development and holds three U.S. and worldwide patents for her development work. She has held a variety of management positions in research and development and quality before being named quality assurance director in 1993. Since then Spence has been appointed to key leadership positions at Kraft, including group director for Beverages and Desserts (1995); senior vice president, Worldwide Quality, Scientific Affairs and Compliance for Kraft Foods North America (2001); and senior vice president, Research & Development, Kraft Foods North America (2003).
Spence received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1979. She later earned an M.E. degree from Manhattan College. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Life Sciences Institute, Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. As a Clarkson trustee, Spence is currently serving on both the Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement Committees.