McCormick & Company announced its newly created leadership team position of chief science officer will be filled by Hamed Faridi, a well-known food scientist and researcher and 14-year veteran of McCormick.
Faridi leads McCormick's R&D functions, which include a global team of 400 scientists and flavorists responsible for research, product development and technical services to support McCormick's customers . He also was the impetus for The McCormick Science Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of the potential health and wellness attributes of culinary spices and herbs. Faridi will continue to lead this institute as the chief science officer.
Additionally, Faridi also has done extensive publishing work, editing and authoring six books and more than 70 articles about food science and technology. He has lectured at conferences and research institutions in 21 countries and also has served on several boards of professional and trade associations in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, he has acted in an advisory capacity to food science departments at Texas A&M University, the University of Illinois, Rutgers University and Louisiana State University. In 2010, he was honored as fellow by the Institute of Food Technologists, and by the American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC International) in 2011. He also is past president of both AACC International and the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) and currently serves on the Board of Governors of FEMA.
Faridi received his MS and PhD in food science from Kansas State University and MBA in management and marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.