Catherine Ehrenberger Final

Using the power of science to help people live better lives

Innovation is not a methodology but a mindset in Amway R&D. And it’s helping our global enterprise fulfill its mission of improving lives. Just ask Vice President Catherine Ehrenberger.

What makes a successful R&D department?
“It starts with the right group of people. The right education, knowledge base, experience. But you also really need people that thrive in a collaborative environment and have real connections to customers.”

What distinguishes Amway R&D?
“The depth and breadth of our scientists, their caliber of intellect – it’s what drew me here. It’s a wow. I’d put them up against anybody, anywhere in the world. I’m honored and proud to lead this team.”

“Amway has always had a heritage of looking for new things. Ours is a culture of scientific excellence, without compromise. We have more than 900 scientists and engineers, and we hold more than 1,000 patents, with nearly as many pending. We’ve developed and expanded exciting product lines, and now we’re looking at adjacent spaces.”

What does a typical career path in Amway R&D look like?
“It’s anything but typical, actually. Unlike other science-based companies, Amway R&D offers great variety. You have the ability to work on a lot of different products, from water treatment to beauty to nutrition to cookware to home care. The diversity of our portfolio allows for a diverse research career. Rather than getting pigeonholed, we want people to fulfill their needs and aspirations.”

How would you describe your R&D teams?
“Collaborative, not competitive – another way we’re different than most. Our brands coexist and there’s a genuine desire for collective success. Mentoring is a big part of our culture, too. We’ve written mentoring plans for more than 100 disciplines. There’s a feeling of community that keeps talent here and engaged.”

How does collaboration advance R&D?
“It empowers us to meet the needs of our customers around the world. We have more than 50 global markets and, without international collaboration, we couldn’t provide them with most relevant, highest quality products. We wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.”

 What role does recognition play?
“We all want to be recognized – it’s important. Just this year, we revamped our 30-year-old program, which was based on individual merit, to a team-focused platform. It’s more indicative of who we are. We also have our Distinguished Scientific Leadership Society and annual R&D celebrations in Ada and California, where we focus on achievements and fun. Fun is always a priority.”

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