Webinar Series: Hot Topics Related to Food and Beverage Exports in Emerging Markets

Kevin Kenny - Moderator

Kevin Kenny is the co-founder and owner of Decernis and is an experienced regulatory attorney who has worked and consulted for 20+ years in the food and consumer products space.  He advises some of the world’s largest manufacturers on Food, Food Contact and Supply Chain Compliance challenges globally. Working with a team of native speaker experts in all major markets, Kevin has led a Decernis team effort to expand regulatory coverage to over 200 countries.  He spends much of the year meeting with clients to identify and satisfy their needs across the Decernis global client base. Kevin also builds cooperative and partnering relationships with governmental agencies and organizations (today 40+ countries across five continents, including US FDA, European Union, Argentina, Brazil, China and India).

An expert on food contact and food additive regulation globally, Kevin is a frequent speaker at international conferences and an active participant in the Regulatory Affairs Committees of food, cosmetic and consumer product associations.  Kevin also attends the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives in China annually as a member of the International Food Additives Council.  Kevin is a proponent of both global and regional harmonization and has provided food contact regulatory consulting services for both food processors and regulatory agencies across all substrates and 200 countries. Prior to founding Decernis, Kevin worked as a regulatory attorney and later VP, International Operations at Ariel Research, which managed product safety regulations globally for chemical manufacturers.

Kevin has lived and worked for seven years across five European and Asian countries and is fluent in German, Spanish and French. He is currently learning Italian. He possesses an honors Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in International Law and the Hague Diplôm de Droit International.  In 1992, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Bonn and later taught International Law courses at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel, Germany.

Rich LeNoir

Rich LeNoir has 37 years of experience in industry. He currently works as a Subject Matter Expert for Decernis, provider of software products, which assist companies in their compliance efforts. Before forming his own consulting company, The Catcher Consulting LLC in 2013, Mr. LeNoir worked for Hercules, Inc., Himont Inc., Montell Polyolefins, Basell Inc. and LyondellBasell Industries. Over his career, he has held positions of salesman; R&D engineer; plant process engineer; plant assistant area supervisor; corporate health, safety, environment and regulatory affairs specialist; product safety specialist and product stewardship manager. Of his 37 years in industry and 5 years of consulting, 25+ years has been in product stewardship, product safety and regulatory affairs. His expertise includes food contact, chemical registration and other product regulations, on the local and national levels, all around the world.

In addition to his work experience, Mr. LeNoir has been an active member of SPI: The Plastics Trade Association for more than 25 years. He has been a member of the SPI’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Packaging Material Committee (FDCPMC) during this time, serving as its chairman from 2006-2013. Also, Mr. LeNoir has been a member of SPI’s EHS+ Committee dealing in issues of worker health and safety, environmental compliance and product regulatory. Other trade association participation has been several committees at the American Chemistry Council, and the International Material Data System (IMDS) and Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) committees organized under the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).

Mr. LeNoir has been the author of chapters on polypropylene regulatory requirements and manufacturing in two Polypropylene Handbooks published by Himont and Montell. In addition, he has authored a chapter concerning food contact regulation status of various plastics in jurisdictions around the world in “Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials” published by Woodhead Publishing.

A chemical engineer by training, Mr. LeNoir received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1975.

Yingying Song

Yingying Song graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with an MSc in Food Science and joined Decernis afterwards. She is currently working as a regulatory associate in Decernis, focusing on the regulations in greater China regarding food products, food additives, and food packaging. For the past year, she has assisted with multiple research projects on the Chinese standards and participated in the consulting projects from food and beverage enterprises.

Huqiu Zhang

Huqiu Zhang holds a position as Vice President, Chemical Management, with Intertek Product Assurance group, focusing on food contact materials, food packaging, and consumer products chemical safety and global regulatory compliance.  Her team provides consultation service in global regulatory compliance assessment, new food contact material regulatory clearance, chemical risk assessment, as well as chemical and regulatory compliance management in supply chain. 

Huqiu’s working experiences cover the whole supply chain of consumer products, including chemical manufacture, material manufacture and compounders, and consumer product manufacture. Prior to joining Intertek, she was Director of Packaging, Scientific and Regulatory Affair, The Coca Cola Company.  Huqiu’s earlier career also included Head of Regulatory Service for Ciba Specialty Chemicals NAFTA region; Program manager of Global Food Contact and Healthcare programs for GE Plastics; and Product Stewardship at BASF.  She was invited as speakers in numerous international conferences in her areas of expertise.  

She is an active member of the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI), Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Packaging Material Committee, former Chairman of the International Subcommittee.  She played the critical role in opening communication channel between the US FDA and China MOH agencies, and building relationship and establishing project collaboration between the US SPI and China MOH agency in the areas of food contact material safety and regulations.