Internal P&G Experts

Victor M. Arredondo, PhD
Debbie Back
Roger Berger
Robert J. Enouen
Ross H. Holthouse
Amita Kanti, PhD
Robert E. Starghill, Jr.
Manuel G. Venegas, PhD
Donald Versteeg, PhD

Victor M. Arredondo, PhD
Dr. Victor Arredondo is a Senior Scientist within the Research & Development (R&D) organization in P&G Chemicals, and has been with the Company since 1999. In his current role, Victor is responsible for chemical  development with a focus on oleochemicals, and he supports efforts in synthesis and molecular optimization to drive performance. Victor is also largely involved in chemical problem solving and evaluation, and he is largely seen and sought-out as a Company expert in this area. Victor’s previous assignments included stints in both New Business Development (NBD) and Fabric & Home Care (F&HC) Upstream Technology. Victor holds a PhD in  Organic Chemistry from Northwestern University, in addition to a BS in Chemistry from University de Guanajuato, Mexico. Much in line with his current assignment, Victor’s passions lie in chemical problem solving and the identification of new opportunities for their use.
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Debbie Back
Debbie Back has an impressive career and background with P&G, and has been with the Company since 1977. As a Senior Scientist within the Research & Development (R&D) organization in P&G Chemicals, Debbie’s current work focuses on Sefose at the molecular level, with efforts targeted towards structure modification and changes in the physical properties. This is actually her second “tour of duty” on sucrose polyesters, which has widely rendered her a Company expert on the technology. Her work to date within P&G Chemicals has led to a number of innovative products with excellent performance, across a variety of product applications and categories.  Debbie’s latest work on Sefose® strikes her personal area of passion, working with sustainable technologies to offer consumers healthy and responsible alternatives. Debbie holds a BS degree in Chemistry from the  University of Cincinnati, in addition to a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
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Roger Berger
Roger Berger is a Principal Researcher in the Research & Development (R&D) organization within P&G Chemicals, and has taken the lead on P&G’s technical understanding of Sefose and its associated derivatives. He plays a critical role within the innovation team, working closely with P&G’s manufacturing facilities to ensure a robust scale-up and production process as part of the overall supply chain. Roger has also played an integral role in  the research and development behind P&G’s patent processes, ensuring robust protection for the Company’s intellectual property, which is reflected in several application patents. Roger has been with P&G since 1989,  spending the majority of his time with the Company working on sucrose ester technology and innovation. Chemistry is clearly his passion, demonstrated by his years of service and commitment to the development and  scale-up of this technology. Roger holds a BA degree in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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Robert J. Enouen
Robert Enouen has had an extensive career with P&G as a fundamental team member since 1990, working across the P&G Chemicals, Beauty Care, Fabric, and Home Care organizations. Bob currently serves as the Associate Director for Customer Business Development (CBD), and as the overall Commercial Team Leader for the Sefose business. As a part of this role, Bob also liaises with all current customers and partners for the  business, setting and leading the overall commercial strategy and agenda. Bob holds an MBA and BS in Accounting, both from the Ohio State University.
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Ross H. Holthouse
Ross Holthouse serves as the External Relations (ER) Manager for P&G Chemicals, leading stakeholder outreach and media relations work in support of the global oleochemicals organization. Ross also plays a larger  role across the P&G Household Care organization with key trade associations, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the National Candle Association (NCA), on the Air Care Divisional Board for the Consumer  Specialty Products Association (CSPA), and as the Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the Soap & Detergent Association (SDA). Ross has been with P&G since 1994, where he spent his first 10 years in  Research & Development before moving on to External Relations. Ross holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, with a BS in Marketing from Miami University. Ross’ passion lies in building long-term relationships  and networks, both within and outside of P&G.
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Amita Kanti, PhD
Dr. Amita Kanti serves as a Section Head within Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs (PS&RA), on behalf of both the Fabric Care and P&G Chemicals businesses. Amita has a critical leadership role, ensuring that P&G  products and materials are safe for the consumer and the environment, and that they meet full compliance in all of the countries in which the Company does business. Amita has had a broad and dynamic career with  P&G, which began in 1999 with her role as a Toxicologist in P&G’s Feminine Care business. During her tenure, Amita has broadened her scope and positive influence throughout the Company, with assignments in Baby Care, Family Care, FutureWorks, and Beauty Care. She was also an integral lead in the development of the Company’s risk assessment approach for physical hazards. Amita holds a PhD in Aquatic Toxicology from the  National Institute of Oceanography, India, as well as a PhD in Developmental Toxicology and Teratology from the University of Georgia. She also served as a Post Doctoral Associate in Immunotoxicology for two years with the University of Georgia. Amita enjoys working on challenging toxicological and regulatory issues, and she is always seeking new ways to improve the lives of consumers.
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Robert E. Starghill, Jr.
Rob Starghill is a Section Head within the Research & Development (R&D) organization in P&G Chemicals, with overall technical responsibility for the Glycerine, Amines, Food Ingredients and Specialty Esters businesses.  Rob began his career with P&G in 1996 as an Engineer. His previous assignments included R&D experience and project leadership in Fabric and Home Care, within both the Dish Care and Surface Care businesses. Rob is widely-respected as a leader and collaborator within the technical community, and has been recognized and rewarded for his project and category successes, as well as his personal initiative. The latter is consistently  demonstrated by his efforts in support of diversity at the Company. Rob holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University, where he graduated Cum Laude and was recognized as a 3M GEM Fellow.
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Manuel G. Venegas, PhD
Dr. Manuel Venegas currently serves as the Associate Director for the Research & Development (R&D) organization within P&G Chemicals. In this role, Manuel is responsible for technical leadership, the innovation pipeline, current business process, and personnel management on behalf of the global organization. He has extensive experience with the consumer product industry. Manuel started his P&G career in 1979 and has  worked in Technology Development, Products Research, Formula and Process Design. Manuel is highly-regarded within the chemical and consumer products industries, and was awarded the American Chemical Society  (ACS) “Team Innovation Award” for his leadership work in support of genetically-engineered detergent proteases in 1999. He holds a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  In terms of professional passions, Manuel focuses his energy on “breakthrough innovation” to better-meet the needs of P&G consumers, which he accomplishes through the identification of practical and cost-effective  solutions to accelerate commercialization of new technologies.
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Donald Versteeg, PhD
Dr. Donald Versteeg is a Principal Research Scientist and Toxicologist within the Central Product Safety organization at P&G, and is responsible for risk assessments in support of environmental safety for P&G products.  Don’s critical role involves understanding the fate, effects and risk of consumer product materials in the environment. He is currently expanding his role based on personal interest and Company need, and now will also  focus on how P&G may improve the sustainability of its products. Don has had an extensive career with P&G, serving as a researcher and scientist in environmental toxicology since 1984. He holds a PhD from the  Michigan State University, and his area of professional passion centers around bringing green chemistry and green products into the market, so that consumers can help make a positive impact on the global  environment.
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