Dr. Todd K. Abraham was Senior Vice President of Research and Nutrition for Mondelēz International (formally Kraft Foods), a $35B multinational food company with internationally known brands such as Oreo, Trident, Cadbury, Milka and Sour Patch Kids. He was responsible for worldwide technology development and strategy, long term cross category Research Programs, Analytical Sciences, Open Innovation, Consumer Sciences and Knowledge Management across the enterprise as well as having accountability for the Reading Scientific Services LTD business in Reading, UK. Before moving to Mondelēz International as Sr. Vice President, Product Development, Nabisco Foods Company, he held previous leadership positions in Marketing, General Management and R&D at Pillsbury and Procter and Gamble with both North American and International experience. Todd completed his Sc.B. in Chemistry at Brown University in Providence, RI. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and his M.B.A. in Strategic Planning from The Wharton School also in May, 1981.
Todd is a multifunctional consumer products executive with experience in R&D, Marketing and General Management. He has a successful track record of developing strategies to drive business growth and profitability. Todd developed and executed the strategy to redefine Pillsbury’s brownie business leading to a 5% share growth in less than 12 months. He has developed R&D programs targeted at capitalizing on long term consumer trends through technology initiatives ensuring Mondelez delivers its public wellbeing commitments around healthier snacking.
Todd has extensive experience integrating acquisitions and preparing for divestitures. He integrated the Nabisco Research, Development and Quality groups into Kraft in 2001, as well as Danone and Cadbury’s technology groups as those businesses were acquired and developed the framework for splitting the Kraft and Mondelez technology efforts when Kraft Foods Group was spun off. Additionally, Todd is a mentor and champion of talent having 6 of his direct reports promoted to Vice President during his tenure at Kraft / Mondelez.
Todd is known externally for his work on innovation culture, technology partnerships and Open Innovation. He has been an invited speaker at the Institute of Food Technology, Product Development Management Association, International Union of Food Science and Technology, and Israeli Food Technology annual meetings. Todd has been a mentor and counselor to start-up companies and a venture fund liaison.
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