Katrina Neale – President
Katrina Neale, president and majority shareholder of both Global Essence Inc and Global Essence UK began her career back in the late 1970’s with one of the leading trading and distribution companies of Essential Oils and Aroma chemicals of that time. Having completed her studies in business management, Katrina quickly learned all aspects of the global business from shipping, contract negotiations, sales, customer service and logistics and quickly established her presence as one of a very few women professionals within our industry at a time when this was a true rarity.
She has continued to play a leading role within our industry, has developed a wealth of long term global partnerships, relationships and friendships with suppliers and customers alike, possesses a knowledge of the diverse supply chain and its inherent challenges, unparalleled by most within our industry.
Under the guidance and direction of Katrina’s leadership, Global Essence quickly established itself as an ethical, competitive and preferred leading supply partner both here in the USA and in Europe. Through the dedicated efforts of the UK and US teams she continues to lead Global Essence into the future. The company has experienced tremendous growth under her leadership with a 30-fold increase in business across the companies over the past 16 years.
From small beginnings, Global Essence quickly built a reputation as a preferred partner both for a wealth of supply sources and a diverse and growing band of customers alike. Not only has Katrina brought her talents and knowledge to the benefit of the Global Essence group of companies, but has been a strong proponent of giving back to the industry. She was the first female appointed to the IFEAT Executive committee back in 1998 , ultimately becoming the first woman chair of this prestigious and successful international trade association, finally serving a total of 13 years aiding the progression and expansion of this revered industry association. She has also served briefly on both an IFRA North America and Naffs committee.
Katrina Neale was awarded the coveted accolade of Woman of the year by the WFFC back in 2004 and was again honored by this organization as an honoree in 2007. She has also received accolades and awards from Ernst and Young in 2011 as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the year award, and a winner of the Smart CEO’s Future 50 Awards in 2016.
Bob Zak – VP of North America
Bob Zak has been a member of the flavor and fragrance industry since 1997, when he left Prudential Insurance to pursue an opportunity as Inside Sales and Sample Coordinator at the newly incorporated Global Essence Inc. As the company grew so did his role, moving first to Operations Manager then to Account Representative and Senior Account Manager. Through his strong interpersonal skills, professional focus, and commitment to growth Bob has achieved much; including forging lasting relationships with a collection of global customers and earning the position of Vice President of North America in 2012. In this position, he has advanced his professional goals even further, using the skills and techniques collected during his 20 years in the industry to help direct the company’s strategy on sales, marketing, and operations. In this way, he will continue to evaluate and execute Global Essence’s long term strategies.
Jeanna Johnson – V.P of Sales
Jeanna Johnson began her career at Global Essence in 2003, moving on from Prudential Healthcare, where she experienced impressive advancement befitting her hard work and personal drive, starting in claims and moving to management. While at Global Essence, the attributes she employed previously continued to show, as she advanced from Sales Account Executive to Vice President of Sales. Through her hard work and dedication, she manages a team of dedicated Sales Executives to satisfy existing clients and acquire many new ones. Her reputation for integrity, honesty, and fairness has allowed her to build a Global Network of customers and has been integral in Global Essence’s growth. Her continued presence in developing and executing Global Essence’s sales strategies are a key reason why the company’s future is bright.
Linda Hopta– Customer Service Manager
Linda Hopta began her career in the flavor and fragrance industry in 1999 when she joined AMC Chemicals in a customer service/import specialist role. The experience and expertise she gained in this position afforded her an opportunity to manage both customer service and logistics when she joined Global Essence is 2001. Linda’s attention to detail and close liaison with our customers has exceeded their expectations in the personalized and efficient service they receive. She manages the import and logistics of shipments crossing international borders, facilitating the ever-changing import and customs regulations. Her “people pleaser” personality has resulted in a very favorable reputation for Global Essence and her hard work and dedication continues to benefit the growth of the company.
Dana Corcoran – Controller
Dana M. Corcoran, CPA brings over 20 years of diverse financial and business experience to her role as a Controller with Global Essence Inc. Dana is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dana has gained extensive domestic and foreign financial analysis and reporting experience through several roles throughout New Jersey. Her experience with both publicly and privately held companies began in Manufacturing, then to Service/Government Contracts and Reporting and finally to Distribution when joining Global Essence in January of 2007. Her foreign experience includes all aspects of financial and government required reporting in Latin America, Central America, Europe and Asia. With her guidance, Global Essence has enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth and financial stability, and through her contributions finds itself situated to be an ever larger presence in the global flavor and fragrance industry.
Beth Fusco – Senior Account Executive (West Coast)
Beth Fusco is Global Essence’s Senior Account Executive for the West Coast, a seasoned, highly motivated and results orientated sales, marketing and purchasing executive with over 35 years of global business experience. She has been in this position since 2011, when she joined Global Essence after leaving Symrise. At Symrise, she was the Senior Commodity Manager for Purchasing and worked with Strategic Branding and Developing Fragrances. Extensive raw material knowledge focused on natural products, essential oils, botanical extracts, organics, and industry knowledge and expertise allow her to cater to all of her customers’ diverse needs. Her years of experience and knowledge of the industry make her an invaluable asset for those working in the health and wellness, consumer goods, flavor, fragrance, personal and skin care manufacturing sectors. With a focus on mutual growth and success, Beth positions both Global Essence and her clients for a prosperous future.
Debbie Mockford, director and founding shareholder of Global Essence UK commenced her career in the early 1980’s as a personal assistant with one of the leading Japanese trading companies, specializing in coconut and palm oil and its derivatives. From here, Debbie having gained a strong understanding of the basics of international trade moved into a role within international logistics and subsequently moved in 1989 to a new role of Shipping Manager for the Essential oils and Aroma Chemicals division of AMC Chemicals in London. Having more than proven herself in this role, Debbie was promoted to take on the role of trader where she furtherdeveloped her understanding and knowledge of international trade specializing in both naturals and aroma chemicals alike, conquering the complexities of the supply chain and quickly building strong and in-depth relationships with both international suppliers and customers alike.
With this strong foundation behind her, in late 2001, Debbie was offered the opportunity to join the Global Essence group of companies and successfully created the UK office,a new division established to service both the UK and the European industry. Under Debbie’s guidance and leadership Global Essence UK quickly established itself as a go to, cost effective and reliable and ethical partner to both suppliers and customers and to accommodate and facilitate further growth opportunities the company added additional expertise to the management structure.
Debbie has forged many long-term partnerships and friendships throughout the industry and has assisted Global Essence in its continued rapid growth and expansion. She has taken the lead role for the company in dealing with Reach registration issues and we are very proud that Debbie acted as Lead registrant on one of the very first dossiers registered within our industry. She has continued to take lead roles in registration of other essential oils and is currently acting as the lead in the EFEO Citral dossier registration process.
Debbie is proud to have been chosen as the first ever women Chair of the British Essential oils association where she has enjoyed sharing her vast knowledge, expertise and understanding with others to the benefit of the industry at large.
Alan York – Managing Director Global Essence UK Ltd
Alan started his career in 1976 with a traditional trading company based in London, handling a wide range of products, such as chemicals, spices, gums and essential oils. Having the opportunity to handle so many products and have exposure to many different scenarios has given him a truly worldly understanding of the various issues that can present themselves in the supply chain, especially for natural products.
He was responsible for establishing relationships with exporters in the Far East and India and many of those relationships are still going strong today and in 1986 became manager of the chemical division, developing all parts of the business from purchasing to sales.
In 1994 a new opportunity arose and he moved on to take new position with another company, which was more focused on the flavour and fragrance industry, with particular attention to essential oils and aroma chemicals.
In 2003 he made the move to take on the role of managing director and became a shareholder of Global Essence UK Ltd, where his wealth of knowledge and long established connections with both suppliers and customers has enabled him to guide the company and watch it grow 10 fold under his leadership and establish it as one of the main stockist and distributors in the flavour and fragrance industry.
His reputation for integrity, honesty, reliability, negotiating skills and knowledge has enabled him to maintain long term relationships with suppliers and customers around the world and this will be the bedrock for driving Global Essence forward in the future.