Carlos Barroso, B.S. Ch.E, MBA, President and Founder of CJB and Associates

Carlos BarrosoCarlos is a highly experienced international R&D Executive in consumer products with deep knowledge of Foods and Beverages. Carlos has successfully created new-to-the-world innovation for new products and new technologies with strong IP (Intellectual Property) protection globally. Prior to joining Campbell Soup as the Senior Vice President of Global R&D and Quality 2013, Carlos founded CJB and Associates, a successful high level R&D consulting firm. In 2018 after five years as the head of R&D for Campbell, Carlos restarted CJB and Associates with an amazing team of highly experienced food professionals. Carlos started his career at Procter & Gamble. He joined PepsiCo in 1996 as VP of R&D and eventually rose to SVP of R&D for PepsiCo’s 27 Billion dollar food business. Carlos sits on several advisory boards for both profit and nonprofit organizations.

Tom Crosby

Tom is a world class expert in fats, oils and lipids product, process development and commercialization for food, pharmaceutical and industrial applications.  Tom is a chemical engineer with extensive innovation and technical leadership experience at Procter & Gamble, Bunge, and Frito-Lay/PepsiCo as Director R&D and Senior Research Fellow.  He has been on the Editorial Advisory Board for the 5th and 6th editions of Bailey’s Edible Oil & Fat Products as well as authoring other publications. Tom is also President, Crossroads Innovation, LLC.

Pravin Desai, Ph.D.

Pravin DesaiPravin has his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and has extensive experience in process knowledge of potato and corn based products to deliver new and existing products in pilot plants and large scale manufacturing plants. Pravin served in lead technical positions at Frito Lay.

Robert Drotman, Ph.D.

Bob Drotman has his Ph.D. in the Biological sciences and has extensive management experience in regulatory affairs and compliance, microbiology, industrial hygiene, food science, sensory science, analytical chemistry, toxicology, nutrition and others. Bob has held Food Safety and Regulatory leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Frito-Lay.

Eapen George

Eapen is the former V.P., R&D for Innovation for PepsiCo. Eapen’s passion is to innovate at the intersection of science and art in order to make the consumer's heart sing. Eapen understands that with the right story, we can create powerful sensory signatures for core brands. He has a network of world-class chefs, wine sommeliers, flavor scientists and food anthropologists. Eapen is the president and founder of Round Feather LLC.

Sola Lamikanra, Ph.D.

Pravin DesaiSola holds a Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Leeds, England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).  An expert in fruit and vegetable science and technology, he has extensive experience in the private business sector, USDA research and the land grant universities system. He is the author of more than 170 technical publications and editor of 2 multidisciplinary books.

Lyle R Land

Lyle has a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. Lyle has expertise in virtually every unit operation in food processing. He has worked across several food categories including RTE Cereals, pet food, snack foods, and baby food. He has packaging experience including biodegradable. Lyle also has his own consulting company Lyle R Land Consulting.

John Michels

John Michels is an R&D executive having recently served as Senior Director North America Snacks Research and Development for the Kellogg Company, leading packaging development for Innovation and Supply Chain initiatives. Prior to that, John served in leadership roles including Vice President of Dean Foods R&D as well as Director R&D Innovation within PepsiCo / Frito-Lay. He bringsextensive experience developing packaging materials and equipment solutions within large Food and Beverage companies.

Montse Nebra

Montse Nebra is based in sunny Barcelona. She is a senior professional with a proven track record of leading Global R&D product Innovation projects for, for top Fortune 50 FMCG. Previously, Montse worked with PepsiCo where she developed great snacks with a Global reach to make consumers’ lives a little more enjoyable. Montse began her career with P&G in Operations and Supply Chain. She holds a B.S. in Biology, with a passion for engineering.

Neil Osterwalder, Ph.D.

Neil, a Swiss-American, has his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich. Neil has managed several cutting edge research projects throughout the world. He has extensive experience in catalysis, nanoparticles, surfactants, chemical engineering, chemistry and food science in general. Neil has hands-on experience in getting R&D to the pilot scale in the food and chemical industry.

Sevugan Palaniappan Ph.D., MBA

Sevugan holds a food process engineering Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He has extensive experience with thermal processing, packaging, and product innovation. Most recently Sevugan was a Senior Director of R&D with PepsiCo’s Global Snack Division. He has had senior R&D roles at Coca-Cola and Tetra Pak. Sevugan is named as an inventor on well over a dozen patents.

Michael Paul, MBA and Innovation Marketing Executive

Mike brings over 25 years of proven experience in designing and leading innovation organizations across the continuum from core renovation to creating leading disruptive innovation start-ups, most recently as VP of Disruptive Innovation at Campbells. He has successfully lead development and launch of numerous +$100MM businesses and has co-authored comprehensive innovation processes. In addition to innovation leadership roles at Campbells and General Mills, Mike continues to mentor to start-ups and advises challenger companies across food, personal care, and health.

Adriana Quintanar Guzmán, Ph.D.

Myron SilverAdriana QAdriana Quintanar Guzmán, received her Ph.D. in Food Science from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. She has worked for the snack industry for the last 15 years and was researcher at the Food Science Department of the National Polytechnic Institute for 18 years. Dr. Quintanar is also Director/Owner of a Consulting Services Company which serves to the salty snack industry since 2007, specifically in the tortilla and corn chip production and the nixtamalization process.

Lisa Thorsten

Lisa Thorsten brings extensive experience in the consumer foods business as a Regulatory Affairs leader. She is the former Global Lead for Regulatory Affairs, Ingredient Management and Product Lifecycle Management at Campbell Soup Company. Lisa brings hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of product design & commercialization to her passion for regulatory work. Her direct interaction with FDA and USDA allows brand owners to make informed decisions and navigate seemingly complex requirements for bringing their foods to market. Lisa has her M.S. in Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs from Temple University and B.S. in Nutrition from Penn State University. . 

George Vutetakis

George Vutetakis is an authority in plant-based food manufacturing and regenerative soil-to-shelf applications. Chef George applies his culinary experience as an award-winning vegan chef/restaurateur to the manufacture of clean label, organic and plant based products.  He has broad experience with scaled CPG ecosystems and vertically integrated agriculture-to-consumer product design, as well as multi-process food design for thermal, cold-chain and foodservice applications. 


We have an extensive network of external research partners including chefs, development houses, universities and research institutes in the U.S., Europe, India, China, Mexico and Australia. Through our open innovation network we can bring in experts to help solve any technical product or process challenge.


  • Innovation Assessment
  • Open Innovation Network
  • New Product Development


Carlos Barroso has an incredible background in breakthrough R&D thinking. He also possesses the rare quality of an innate ability for strategically translating the science to the market while always thinking of the consumer.

- Kimberly Egan
CEO and Principle Center for Culinary Development


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CJB and Associates is a full service R&D Consulting firm specializing in consumer goods with deep knowledge of foods and beverages. We have a results oriented approach, blending strong analytical skills, intellectual curiosity and strategic thinking.

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CJB and Associates has a network of world class engineers, scientists, toxicologists, market research experts and Marketing executive that can help solve the toughest CPG or new product challenges. These are seasoned R&D and Marketing professionals all of whom have had extensive experience delivering results around the world.

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We have an extensive network of external research partners including universities and research institutes in the U.S., Europe, India, China, Mexico and Australia. Through our open innovation network we can bring in experts to help solve any technical product or process challenge.

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