as an advisory director to the board of
directors. Mr. Kovacs founded the
Kovacs Advisory Group LLC. In 1997,
he retired as president and chief executive
officer of the Nutrasweet Kelco Co.
after more than 30 years of service with
Merck & Co., Inc. and Monsanto Co.
Dr. Akiva Gross rejoined the company
as senior vice president of technology,
responsible for global product and application technology efforts. Dr.
Gross formerly served as vice president
of R&D, natural polymers group,