Nestle Purina PetCare
Dr. Sheri Smithey is the Vice President of the Global R&D Network. Sheri has worked for Nestlé Purina PetCare for over 26 years, starting out in technical roles, then moving into organizational leadership. One of her top career achievements is achieving her current role as Head of R&D where she and her team are focused on re-shaping strategy areas and organization to drive future business results for the regions.
Sheri received her BS in Biochemistry, an MS in Agriculture Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture Engineering. Within Nestlé Purina, she is active in the mentorship program, and outside the organization is an active member of the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) serving on the Board of Directors and AAAS. Sheri also enjoys speaking to schools (elementary to universities) sharing the importance of STEM careers and women in STEM.
Sheri has a big family, which includes her husband, Tracy Smithey, her two children, Kaitlin Howard, son-in-law Preston Howard and Wyatt Smithey, as well as four pets. Her furry family members include her Boxer/Pit Bull mix Dixie, Lab/Pointer mix Buster, DLH Cat Mango and DSH Cat Martin.