Ultradent Announces Two New Vice Presidents

South Jordan, UT – Ultradent Products Inc has appointed two new vice presidents to its executive team.  Jaleena Jessop, DDS, 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.

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,  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. 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.

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. Jessop owns a private dental practice where she has worked for 17 years with an emphasis on esthetic and minimally invasive dentistry.

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 a course clinical coordinator and lead dental assistant.

Starting as a territory account manager at the company in 2000, her 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, Phillips’ 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, she  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, she will continue to lead the Field Marketing team, while adding the eBusiness, Sales, Marketing, and Brand Management teams to her field of responsibility. 

Featured image: Pictured left to right, Jaleena Jessop, DDS, and Karen Phillips.


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