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Terry Adams


Terry Adams is the Assistant Vice President for Intellectual Asset Management at Nestlé’s Head office located in Vevey, Switzerland. Mr. Adams has spent his entire career in the consumer products industry developing products in dozens of different product categories for countries all over the world. He began his professional career at the Procter and Gamble Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio as a product researcher in the Soaps and Detergents Division. He became Group Leader in the Liquid Dish Detergent Division in 1991. In 1994, Mr. Adams joined the Dial Corporation (now a company of Henkel KGaA) in Scottsdale, Arizona where he became the Manager of Process Development for the Personal Care Division. He was later appointed Manager of International Technology Coordination covering all of Dial’s product categories. In 1998, Mr. Adams joined the Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Research Manager for the Feminine Care Sector managing North American and International product development efforts. He joined Kimberly-Clark’s Child Care Sector in 2000 and in 2001 joined the Family Care Sector as the Global Interface Manager. Mr. Adams was later appointed the Senior Research Manager of the Global Intellectual Asset Management (GIAM) Team where he provided strategic coordination of Kimberly-Clark’s 3500 patent families and other global intellectual assets across a range of technologies. Mr. Adams joined Nestlé in July 2006 as head of the Technology Intellectual Property (TIP) function across a network across 28 technology centers in 10 countries. He now has responsibility for the operational and support functions of the Intellectual Asset Management department, technology scouting support, and coordination of activities between MIT (Boston) and Nestle.  Mr. Adams received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Howard University (Washington, D.C.).