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Katja Lerner, Ph.D. Vice President, Research & Engineering at Kimberly-Clark


Katja currently serves as VP, Research, Development & Engineering and Innovation at Kimberly-Clark.

In this role she leads the North America Research, Development & Engineering organization for Kimberly-Clark’s $3.3 billion Consumer Tissue sector and is responsible for product, material, process & equipment development and innovation. Katja also oversees the Experimental Pilot Facility. As part of Katja’s key responsibilities, she provides the strategic leadership and vision for the sectors long-term innovation pipeline in addition to technical capability development and launch execution.

Before being named to her current position in 2014, Katja led all front-end innovation activities in Kimberly-Clark’s Baby & Child Care Sector in North America in addition to product development for Huggies baby wipes globally.

Katja joined Kimberly-Clark in 2012 from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) where she held numerous regional and global roles with increasing leadership positions during her 14-year tenure in both Europe and North America (Baby Care, Women’s Health, Beauty Care). Her last position before joining Kimberly-Clark was Worldwide Director of Research & Development at the Neutrogena Corporation (a J&J Company) based in Los Angeles, CA. In this role, Katja was responsible for the development of Neutrogena’s product innovation pipeline and technology strategies for all product forms across all regions.

Katja earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University Des Saarlandes, Germany. She is originally from Germany and currently resides with her family in Neenah, Wisconsin.

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