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As the Global R&D and TS Leader Food & Nutrition within the business unit Dow Food, Pharma and Medical Roland is leading a global team of 19 scientists and technicians located in Europe and North America. He is enabling short and long term growth of the cellulosics food business by implementing and executing a pipeline of innovation, application development and customer projects in close collaboration with Marketing and Sales. Prior to being named in the current position he was developing new products across all cellulosic application segments while leading the team of the lab autoclaves. During this time he drove many projects as leader from ideation to launch. He has a broad technical expertise in the fields of capability development for chemical structure analysis and process-structure-property relationships and deveraging the use of this technology for New Product Development in all application areas. In addition, he was responsible for the innovation portfolio management for Dow Pharma and Food Solutions. Roland is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of German Chemical Society. He earned his PhD in Food Chemistry from the Technical University Braunschweig in Germany. Roland is author or coauthor of more than 17 peer reviewed publications and inventor on more than 30 patents. He joined Dow in 2007.