IT STARTED WITH A STEVIA LEAF…
AND GREW INTO A REVOLUTION
GLG Life Tech Corporation was founded in 1999 on a quest to overcome common health issues of our times – among them, obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Luke Zhang’s Stevia Story
GLG’s corporate values are rooted in Dr. Zhang’s vision to bring healthier, natural, zero-calorie sweeteners to the world. As a clinical practitioner, Dr. Zhang gained experience in treating chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Through his clinical work and research, he came to believe that diet had a significant influence on both the spread and treatment of these chronic diseases. Indeed, a diet rich in sugary foods has proven to be linked to these diseases.
As a concerned Canadian citizen in the 1990s, Dr. Zhang began studying the stevia plant and its potential as a zero-calorie natural sweetener that could be used to promote his vision for a healthier society. Dr. Zhang’s goal is to develop stevia and other natural sweeteners, such as luo han guo, as mainstream, healthy ingredients for the global food and beverage marketplace in order to reduce the amount of sugar in our diets.
Dr. Luke Zhang’s Biography
With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Luke Zhang is a recognized individual in the business, medical and academic communities in both North America and Asia. He has successfully built and managed a number of firms in the health and food industries, and medical and software development industries.
He holds a Ph.D in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in the United States, a Masters of Finance in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Shanghai University in China, and a Bachelor of Medicine from Shandong Medical University in China. His expertise in the medical field has helped fuel the company growth, as well as set foundational principles in research and innovation. In addition, his vision and strategic direction have enabled the company to maintain a leading edge in the global community.
Paul R. Block - President
Mr. Paul R. Block served as a Director of GLG Life Tech Corp. since 2014, and he has been the company’s President since January 2019.
Mr. Block is a seasoned consumer Packaged Goods Chief Executive Officer and Board Director with over three decades of experience in driving profitable revenue growth, turning around underperforming business and building sustainable high performing stream of earnings for corporate divisions and private equity owned portfolio companies.
Mr. Block is best known as a transformational leader with a strong record of reinvigorating some of the world’s best-known consumer brands and restoring lean operations to underperforming enterprises. In his most recent assignment, Mr. Block was engaged as Chief Executive Officer of SVP Worldwide, a $500MM global leader in home sewing best known for the Singer Brand. Recruited to “reinvent” the business model, Mr. Block quickly led a strategic and tactical transformation that resulted in extraordinary results and a 3-year plan with potential to double EBITDA.
Advertising Age and Brand Week named Mr. Block as one of the “Top Marketers” in the USA. Guinness Import Company named him “Marketing Manager of the Year” and Groupe DANONE awarded him the “Chairman’s Award” for innovation. In addition, the UJA Federation honored Mr. Block with the “Edgar Bronfman Award” for outstanding industry leadership.
Utilizing his extensive experience as a CEO of the most well-known global brands, Mr. Block brings a wealth of wealth of transformational executive leadership experience in the global food and beverage industry, particularly in the areas of strategic planning, business development, sales/marketing, product innovation and finance/operational planning to GLG Life Tech Corp.
Mr. Block obtained his Bachelor of Science from Kent State University, and obtained number of executive business certifications from Kellogg School of Management, Yale University, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Wharton University.