Washington — Debra Miller, Ph.D., has been named senior vice-president of scientific & regulatory affairs for NCA, a role in which she will provide regulatory support for all member companies, serve as the chief liaison to chocolate and cocoa-processing businesses and collaborate on regulatory advocacy efforts alongside the Association’s public policy and communications functions.
Dr. Miller has almost 20 years of experience in the food industry, and spent 14 years with The Hershey Co. She most recently served as director of nutrition & wellness and director scientific & regulatory affairs for the candymaker. During her time with Hershey, she led external engagement activities such as regulatory advocacy around Nutrition Facts panel reform, vending labeling and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, according to NCA. She also headed up development and implementation of global nutrition and wellness strategies at Hershey and represented the candymaker at a variety of trade associations and professional organizations.
“Debra’s experience uniquely equips her to provide regulatory compliance support to our member companies and communicate the interests of our industry to the nutrition professional and regulatory communities,” says John Downs, NCA president & CEO. “She will be an outstanding NCA ambassador as we continue to engage the nutrition professional community on our industry’s efforts to help consumers manage their sugar intake by providing more support, information, and options in the marketplace.”
He adds that the scientific and regulatory affairs pillar is a vital piece to NCA’s value proposition for its members.
“Our member companies produce and sell America’s best-tasting, fun treats and there is an emotional bond created with our consumers through chocolate and candy,” Downs adds. “We are taking our member companies’ lead as it relates to this bond in establishing an NCA brand promise that has come to life over the last four years with all of our stakeholders. Together, we have created a solid, mission-driven advocacy organization.”