Karen Jensen RD, MBA

Sr. Manager, Regulatory & Sustainability at Reily Foods Company, Previously at PepsiCo and Nestle; Registered Dietitian

Knoxville, TN

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Sr. Manager Regulatory Affairs for Food: Possess 8+ years’ successful, progressive experience in regulatory compliance, nutrition, claims development, regulatory change management, advising on global projects, leading teams. Responsible for initiating and building our comprehensive Sustainability Program including Carbon calculation and reporting to CDP, THESIS, Walmart Gigaton. Worked with our buyers to build out responsible sourcing for our coffee and teas. Actively partnering with Sustainable Coffee Challenge, World Coffee Research, International Womens Coffee Alliance and RainForest. Registered Dietitian; with 8+ years’ sales & marketing experience at Nestlé; Marketing MBA,Infant Nutrition experience, Product Management experience. Guest Lecturer, Bioengineering regulations, Clean Label, Caramel Color Replacement Specialties: Infant formula, frozen foods, USDA, FDA, Sustainability, Plant based, Dairy, Grains, Cereal, Snack Bars. Open to a Board position

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Food Labeling
Infant Nutrition
Food Law
Clean Label
Label Claims
Work experience

Dec 2019 - Present

Reily Foods Company

Sr. Manager of Regulatory & Sustainability

Leading all regulatory compliance across Reily Foods portfolio, ranging from RTD coffee to mayonnaise and chili mixes. Managing New Label Reform and Bioengineering. Building the Sustainability program from the ground up by establishing baselines for all utilities, reducing waste, setting up recycling and managing coffee and tea sourcing. Managing THESIS and CDP questionnaires as well as Walmart Project Gigaton participation. Implementing How2Recycle and Rainforest programs.


Jun 2018 - Present

Q1 Productions

Guest Lecturer, Regulatory Affairs

Jan 2018 - Dec 2019

Reily Foods Company

Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs

Manage compliance for full portfolio of food and beverages. Lead external engagement.


Mar 2014 - Jan 2018


Associate Principal Scientist

Managing team of 5 on label development, ingredient reviews. Built successful Artificials Removal Roadmap in partnership with Product Development, Legal, Global Procurement. Lead for Nutrition Label Reform Initiative via portfolio assessment, coordinating work with Supply Chain, Marketing. Led PHO removal across Quaker portfolio, meeting all compliance guidelines, deadlines. Providing technical expertise for global and regional innovation projects, productivity, and crisis management. Developing protocols for claims, particularly protein, lactose-free, Omega 3, whole grains and dairy. Supporting compliance as Technical Stage Gate Approver across Quaker portfolio.

Nov 2012 - Mar 2014

Nestlé USA

Regulatory Affairs Nutrition Labeling Specialist

Work with marketing team to manage compliance of DiGiorno labels by USDA and FDA. Actively provide regulatory perspective for new and renovated products including labeling, claims and ingredients. Extensive knowledge of CFR 9, 21. Led Systems change from Genesis to Devex. Served as IFIC Sodium Council Representative. Led all Nutrition, Health and Wellness initiatives for regulatory department. Ingredient Spec approval. GMA Sodium Workgroup Representative, Whole Grains Council Representative


Mar 2009 - Nov 2012


Field Trainer, Infant Nutrition Sales

Promoted to sales management and training role, while maintaining previous Nutrition Representative responsibilities. Conducted group trainings on customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Increased revenues, efficiencies by creating online sales tools, territory management programs. • Empowered new-hires to meet / exceed sales quotas via 1-on-1 trainings. • Provided coaching, development, performance assessment for new Infant Nutrition Representatives.


May 2004 - Nov 2012


Pediatric Nutrition Representative

-Managed northern half of the Chicagoland area hospitals and physicians. -Drove sales for infant formula through effective conversion strategy in hospitals and affiliated physicians offices. -Met or exceeded goals every year. 128% of new business goal in 2007. -Developed, executed Nurse Leadership Conference for major customers, 2006. -Helped management with annual quota setting, strategy creation, budgeting for entire Midwest territory.


Dec 2003 - May 2004


Medical Sales Rep

 Managed key customers within medical polymer industry. Used consultative sales process to better understand needs of top national clients and match their needs with our polymers.


Jun 1997 - Sep 2003


Internet Marketing Specialist

 Promoted websites to top listings at Yahoo, Google etc. using web promotions software such as WebPosition Gold.  Researched and wrote comprehensive reports on clients web presence, their competitors, benchmarks and recommendations


2020 - 2022

Michigan State University

Certificate in International Food Law, International Food Law

Graduate Level Program that delves into the intricacies of the Laws and Regulations of the World and their impact on exports, agriculture and food safety. Exercises in practical applications of labeling, food additives, colors and pesticides are included.

1990 - 1995

Northern Illinois University

MBA, Marketing

In-person program with focus on Marketing.

1982 - 1986

University of Wisconsin-Stout

B.S. Dietetics, Nutrition

Comprehensive four year program in Nutrition including Food Science, Human Nutrition, Physiology and Anatomy, Chemistry. This degree, when combined with an internship was qualification to become a Registered Dietitian.

Board Certified

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