Mark Nelson has extensive experience in international food and ingredient standards, product development and safety, and addressing regulatory issues both domestically and internationally. He was Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nestlé USA and Canada until his retirement in 2016. Prior to Nestlé he managed the scientific and regulatory portfolio at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, covering food safety, security of the food supply, health and nutrition, regulatory standards, and food packaging.
In a variety of regulatory, quality and/or nutrition positions at Givaudan Flavors, Dairy Farmers of America, Pepsi-Cola and the Kellogg Company, he positively influenced food and packaging regulations in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Additionally, Nelson’s work was key in the on-time launch of several products that faced regulatory hurdles and advertising restrictions.
Nelson has served as the Chair of the IFT Food Laws and Regulation Division (2005-2006), and was an industry representative on FDA’s Food Advisory Committee (2003-2007). Mark holds a B.S. degree in mathematics form the University of Michigan, earned his Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.