April 29, 2019 South Jordan, Utah
SOUTH JORDAN, UT, April 29, 2019 – Ultradent Products, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of dental materials and equipment, is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new vice presidents to its executive team. Dr. Jaleena Jessop has been promoted to vice president of Clinical Affairs, and Karen Phillips has been promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing. Both women bring a rich background and breadth of experience to their new roles and are proven, outstanding leaders in their fields of expertise.
Dr. Jaleena Jessop, Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Jaleena Jessop, a practicing dentist for over 17 years, has brought an impressive depth of understanding of dental products and procedures and an expert, critical eye and voice to Ultradent’s R&D, Marketing, Product Development and Regulatory departments in the last two years in her role as the Director of Clinical Affairs. Additionally, Dr. Jessop has made valuable contributions to Ultradent for many years, playing an important role in the company’s New Product Evaluation Committee, as well as consulting on numerous product development and design projects. Dr. Jessop has also participated regularly for several years in the company’s upper management meetings, helping to establish the strategic direction of Ultradent and contributing her vast clinical acumen to many of the company’s decisions.
Dr. Jaleena Jessop began her undergraduate work at the University of Utah, studying medical biology prior to attending dental school. She then went on to graduate with honors in oral surgery from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2002. She later completed a two-year certification for straight wire orthodontics from the American Orthodontic Society. Dr. Jessop has served for two years on the Utah Dental Association board, and has served for several years and continues to serve on the national advisory board at the University of Utah Dental School. She also currently works as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Dental School. Dr. Jessop owns a private dental practice where she has worked for 17 years with an emphasis on esthetic and minimally invasive dentistry.
Furthermore, thanks to Dr. Jessop’s connections and talent for recognizing other outstanding clinicians, she has built the team of doctors that make up our Clinical Affairs team. “With Ultradent’s vision to improve oral health globally, as well as her commitment to go above and beyond in serving both the clinician and patient, it is completely appropriate that Dr. Jessop should represent our Clinical department at the highest level of the organization, which will enable her to offer solutions that are driven from her clinical insights for many years into the future,” said Dr. Dan Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc.
Karen Phillips, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Karen Phillips brings 19 years of dedicated, passionate experience and service at Ultradent to her new role as the company’s vice president of Sales and Marketing. Additionally, prior to coming to Ultradent, Karen worked for 24 years in the clinical side of dentistry with several years as Dr. Gordon Christensen’s course clinical coordinator and lead dental assistant.
Starting as a territory account manager at the company in 2000, Karen’s vast clinical knowledge, experience, and passion for product education and training led to her promotion to regional manager, and later, to her role at Ultradent’s corporate headquarters as the sales and product training manager. In this role, Karen created, defined, and structured Ultradent’s training program that it still uses today, known as “Ultradent University.”
Later, Karen’s promotion to U.S. Director of Sales resulted in consistent growth in sales during her six-year tenure, as well as the expansion of the company’s salesforce from 92 to 140 territory account managers.
In 2018, Karen became Ultradent’s Director of Field Marketing and Events, overseeing seminars, public relations, training, universities, the company’s key opinion leader program, trade shows, and technical product advisors.
In her new role as vice president of Sales and Marketing, Karen will continue to lead the Field Marketing team, while adding the eBusiness, Sales, Marketing, and Brand Management teams to her field of responsibility. “In addition to her vast business experience and 24 years of clinical experience, including having worked closely with Dr. Gordon Christensen, one of the most renowned dentists in the world, Karen’s professionalism, care, and work ethic has earned the respect of her peers throughout the organization. She will be an outstanding addition to our executive team for many years to come,” said Dr. Fischer, founder and CEO of Ultradent Products, Inc.
About Ultradent Products, Inc.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer of high-tech dental materials, devices and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s mission is to improve the level of dental health care and to make dental procedures more predictable and hassle free. Consistent with its mission, Ultradent works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512 or visit ultradent.com.