Edlong Welcomes Industry Leader Mervyn Louis De Souza As Chief Innovation Officer

Mervyn Louis de Souza announced as Edlong Chief Innovation Officer. In this newly formed role, Mervyn will lead Edlong’s Global Innovation and Research & Development groups to accelerate innovative flavor solutions for Edlong’s customers. 

“It’s invigorating to be part of a group that for over a century has been known for distinctive dairy and dairy-free flavor solutions,” said de Souza. “Edlong continues to aspire to greater heights through innovation and flawless implementation, which is truly inspiring.” 

A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, Mervyn holds a Master’s degree in Microbial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. He comes to Edlong having held high-level leadership roles within the industry and is the recipient of multiple patents for his work.

“With his unique combination of commercial and technical business expertise, I am excited about Mervyn’s addition to the Edlong Executive Leadership Team,” said Laurette Rondenet, Edlong President and CEO. “His passion and energy for this industry is contagious. I have no doubt that he will complement our high-performing and highly engaged team to accelerate the delivery of innovative solutions that bring distinctive value to our customers. We are so pleased to welcome Mervyn to the Edlong tribe.”

Added Mervyn, “Edlong’s mission to enrich the lives of everyone they touch resonates strongly with me. It’s humbling to be a part of a company that practices what it preaches and has been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources as one of Chicago’s 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, for the 7th consecutive year.”

Get to know more about Mervyn and his depth of experience in commercializing innovation that positively impacts people, planet, and profit here.