As festivities kick off this season, The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is giving us something more than just the holidays to celebrate. The association recently announced the addition of Veronique Lagrange as the new Director of the California Dairy Innovation Center (CDIC), which was recently created to further innovation and productivity for the California dairy industry. In her new position, Lagrange will serve as a liaison for researchers, educators, business development representatives, and processors interested in the innovations taking place at the center.
“It is truly an honor to have this opportunity for leadership of this unique program, which will be guided by the goals and priorities established by a cross-industry committee. I look forward to being an active partner and advocate within the dairy community to promote innovation and also to support the development of the workforce which will, in turn, ensure the global competitiveness of the California dairy industry in the future,” said Lagrange.
Before beginning in her new role, Lagrange served as the Director of Business Development for the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI), where she also was Chair of the Center of Excellence, as well as several other industry task forces.
According to a press release, prior to that she held positions at the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC), California Raisin Advisory Board, Almond Board of California, and National Honey Board.
“Veronique will be a tremendous asset to California dairy innovation, as she brings a breadth of experience and skills to our team”, said John Talbot, CEO of the CMAB. “At both ADPI and USDEC, Veronique has had valuable experience with the research and development of dairy products and ingredients. She is extremely knowledgeable of their applications and functionality in manufacturing, as well as their vital role in the export business, which is very important to us.”
Lagrange received her BS and MS in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Additionally, she holds a degree in Nutrition from Ecole de Medecine, Paris, France, and a Doctorate degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University, Washington D.C.
“CDRF is pleased to welcome Veronique as the new Director of the CDIC,” said Denise Mullinax, Executive Director of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF). “We look forward to collaborating with her in the expansion of research in the areas of innovation and development on behalf of the California dairy industry.”
Congratulations to Veronique Lagrange on her new role!