David Smith

David Smith, Ph. D. is a Global R&D leader and consultant. David’s expertise is in helping leading CPG companies and suppliers to enhance the strategic value derived from their technical investment.  In his recent role as Vice President, Global Packaging for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, he was successful in bringing a new level of strategic engagement to the businesses. In other strategic R&D leadership roles, David has brought a business sense and purpose to the technical resources of Campbell's Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, Nature Made, Nabisco/Kraft, Nestle/Hot Pockets, Con Agra/Hunt-Wesson and Frito-Lay.

David’s science driven approach as an accomplished Research and Development executive brings diverse experience in iconic consumer products and best practices across all aspects of R&D in food and related industries. He has formulated strategies to extract value from science to capture consumer differentiation in the market place and to drive sustainable revenue growth. David is a decisive and collaborative leader who instills vision for product/processing/packaging innovation, quality improvement, and business engagement. He builds internal and external strategic alliances and partnerships to identify go-to-market strategies, grow and nurture technical expertise, and guide strategic efforts while developing critical leadership teams to enhance business performance. This is evidenced in the numerous Procurement and Manufacturing partnerships that have led to significant growth and savings at Pepperidge Farm, Campbell and J&J. 

Board and Advisory leadership roles include; PMMI Editorial Advisory Board, FDA – CFSAN Industry Advisory Board, Cornell University Food Science Advisory Board, International Tree Nut Council Foundation Board of Directors and the Packaging Management Council.

David earned a MS, MPh and PhD in Food Science from Rutgers University and a BS, in Food Science from Cornell University.