Dr. Karin Rotem-Wildeman, PhD
JetPack Strategic Advisor, Food Engineering/R&D
Currently the Chief Scientific Officer of the LIVEKINDLY Collective responsible for near, mid, and long-term innovation. Excited to join the mission of transforming the food ecosystem for good. Food technology and science have never been more important and front of mind for the future and safety of the global food landscape. Thrilled to be joining a tremendous leadership team and experienced and insightful group of founders. The future will be interesting for sure!
Known as a business-minded technical leader in the Food and Beverage Industry with 20yrs+ of experience driving innovation and commercialization. My career has primarily focused on Research and Development, though I have always operated at intersections with Marketing, Operations, Corporate Strategy, and Business Development. I have lived and worked in The Americas, Europe, and Asia and take great pleasure learning new cultures through the lens of food.
Began my career journey and foundational training at Nestle where I spent 3 years in the Food Service Division designing new product and process soup and sauce innovation. From Nestle, I joined PepsiCo, where I spent 18 years in a variety of positions — Product Innovation, Process Development, R&D General Management, Innovation Strategy & Portfolio Management, and Venture Capital Investment. Fortunate to touch all key categories across my tenure which included: beverages, salty snacks, and nutrition. I graduated from PepsiCo as the SVP of R&D leading 9 Beverage Regional Innovation Centers located all over the world.
Most recently served as the Global Head of Research and Development for Godiva Chocolatier. Responsible for the strategy and delivery of the product innovation pipeline, brand excellence, technology and productivity. I led a broad group of technical functions including Culinary Creation, Sensory Science, Product Development, Process Commercialization, Package Engineering, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Assurance across all channels. A beautiful brand with a rich heritage – I was honored to have the chance to bring to life an innovation roadmap for the future with a talented and strong R&D team and great functional partners.