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John Ruff B.A., M.A.,
is a Past President, Institute of Food Technologists

Email:jxruff@gmail.com

Biographical Statement

Mr Ruff retired in 2008 as senior vice president, Global Quality, Scientific Affairs and Nutrition, for Kraft Foods. Prior to joining Kraft, Mr. Ruff was a technical brand manager for Procter & Gamble in England. During his 36-year career with Kraft and the former General Foods, Mr. Ruff worked in six countries and gained experience in product and process development for beverages, coffee, confectionery, desserts, and meals. He has led major basic research programs in sugar and salt substitutes, food safety initiatives, and “greenfield” site startups. Mr. Ruff headed research and development groups for both Kraft International and North American businesses where he successfully integrated the technical operations of numerous acquisitions, established global centers of expertise and led a worldwide advisory council consisting of external experts who helped guide Kraft’s health and wellness initiatives.

Mr. Ruff served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on strategies to reduce sodium intake. He is a past president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Life Sciences Institute, past chair of the Food Processors Association (NFPA), past chair of the IFT Foundation, and a fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ruff received his M.A. in biochemistry and a B.A. in natural science from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Formal Education

College/University
Degree
Cantab (UK )
MA Biochemistry 1972
Cantab (UK)
BA Natural Sciences 1968

Career History

College/University
Degree
2008-Present
Retired. Serve on several not for profit Boards
2003-2008
SVP WW Quality, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs. - Initiated and led Global Health and Wellness program
1996-2003
SVP R&D Kraft NA. Led all technical activities for NA business.
1994-1996
SVP Kraft International based in Zurich. -Led all technical activities for Int'l business
1991-1993
VP Jacob Suchard based in Zurich. - Led and integrated all technical activities of new acquisition
1989-1991
VP Kraft Coffee Research. Led worldwide R&D all coffee businesses.
1985-1989
Director Maxwell House R&D. Led all NA coffee technical activities
1983-1985
Sr Lab Mgr Research. Led taste mechanism research.
1972-1983
Various positions of increasing responsibility in UK, Netherlands, Ireland,
Belgium including product development on multiple categories,
greenfield factory startups, staff and planning roles.
1968-1972
Product Research Mgr P&G UK. Surface cleaners and Industrial fats

Volunteer Leadership Experience

  • Officer,IFT 2011-14
  • President,IFT 2012-13
  • IFT Board member 2007-2010
  • IFT Foundation Chair 2002-2006
  • IOM Sodium Committee 2009/10
  • ILSI President 2007-2009
  • NFPA Chair 2005
  • Numerous other Board committee roles at IFT, ILSI, NFPA, GMA, Joffrey Ballet

Professional and Community Recognition

  • Fellow IFST UK
  • Endresen Lecturer U Mass 2003
  • Numerous Kraft awards.
  • Several US and UK patents.

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