Vitiva, Slovenia, has opened a U.S. office in Kentucky, and has appointed Connie Sandusky, Ph.D. as vice president of sales and marketing for North America.

Sandusky joins Vitiva with a track record of driving sales growth in the functional food ingredient arena. In her new position, Sandusky will oversee Vitiva’s commercial activities in the U.S. by developing key commercial relationships in the food, beverage and nutraceutical markets.

Prior to Vitiva, Sandusky held technical sales and marketing leadership positions with Aurora Algae, DD Williamson, Kalsec and Solae companies, where she gained commercial experience across a wide range of ingredients, including colors, flavors, antioxidants, proteins, nutraceuticals and omega oils.