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Rhona S. Applebaum

Rhona Applebaum is vice president and chief scientific and regulatory officer at The Coca-Cola Company, where she leads global scientific and regulatory affairs. “We’re responsible for driving evidence-based research and education programs and advancing regulatory science strategies to fuel innovation and marketing of our products,” she says. Her group’s other responsibilities include helping communicate the company’s positions on scientific and regulatory matters and promoting dialogue and understanding of Coca-Cola’s products and ingredients.

What fuels her passion? “Making a difference and giving back,” she says. “I am totally committed to the importance of mentoring and coaching young people in their careers. And I’d be less than truthful if I didn’t say I guide them into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines at every chance.”

And when Applebaum offers advice on graduate study? “For those wanting advanced degrees in food science or another STEM specialty, UW is at the top of my list,” she says. “Wouldn’t
the world be grand if more folks were Badgers?”