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Robert Cooper to Deliver Keynote Address at COEX Event Hosted by International Foodservices Management Association (IFMA) - February 27 - March 2, 2011 in Orlando, FL

ANCASTER, ONTARIO, CANADA - December 1, 2010 - Stage-Gate International (SGI) today announces that Dr. Robert Cooper is delivering the keynote address at COEX 2011, an event for foodservice operators and manufacturers hosted by IFMA. This event honors the industry's cutting-edge operators for their successful innovations in culinary, operations, marketing and service.

Robert Cooper, the world's most widely recognized expert on the subject of product innovation, will kick off the event with a presentation geared to help operators and manufacturers better understand the critical drivers of product innovation success as well as the importance of collaboration.

Robert Cooper is an award-winning author, researcher and public speaker, known for delivering top notch speaking engagements that cut through the issues and offer numerous real company examples to convey important messages.

Contact
Michelle Jones, EVP
T. 905-637-5545
E. michelle.jones@stage-gate.com
W. www.prod-dev.com

About Robert G. Cooper

Dr. Robert G. Cooper is one of the most influential innovation thought leaders in the business world today. He pioneered the original research that led to his many groundbreaking discoveries including the Stage-Gate Idea-to-Launch Process. Now implemented by almost 80% of North American companies, it is considered to be one of the most important discoveries in the field of innovation management. He has spent more than 30 years studying the practices and pitfalls of 3,000+ new product projects in hundreds of companies and has assembled the world’s most comprehensive research on the topic. His presentations and practical consulting advice have been widely applauded by corporate and business event audiences throughout the world making him one of the most sought-after speakers.

A prolific author, he has published more than 100 academic articles and eleven books, including the best selling Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Crawford Fellow from the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Maurice Holland Award from the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Dr. Cooper is a Professor Emeritus of Marketing and Technology Management at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) at Penn State University in Pennsylvania, USA. Visit Stage-Gate International at www.stage-gate.com  for more on how to improve your approach to new product development.

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