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Ilene S. Gordon

Chairman, President and CEO


Leadership in Diversity Award

Ilene Gordon is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global producer of nature-based ingredient solutions for food, beverage, brewing and industrial customers around the world. A FORTUNE 500 company, Ingredion has more than 11,000 employees and 2014 net sales of $5.7 billion.  

Ms. Gordon joined Ingredion in 2009 from Rio Tinto Alcan where as president and CEO of Alcan Packaging she led a $6.5 billion global packaging business based in Paris, France. Over her 10 year tenure with Alcan and Pechiney, which was acquired by Alcan in 2003, she held various leadership positions, starting as senior vice president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging.

Previously Ms. Gordon spent 17 years in executive roles of increasing responsibility at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco Inc. Before joining Tenneco Inc., Ms. Gordon spent two years at Signode, a leading global packaging company specialized in materials handling. From 1976-1980, Ms. Gordon worked at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international management consulting firm, as a strategy consultant, based in the Boston, London and Chicago offices.

Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., and a Master of Science degree in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

In addition to Ingredion, Ms. Gordon is on the board of directors of International Paper. In the past, Ms. Gordon has served on the boards of five public companies, and she was the first female director of each:  Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers Inc., Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics. 

She is on the board of trustees of The Conference Board and a member of the MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees. She received the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award, and she is listed among FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women in Business. 

Ms. Gordon lives in Chicago and is an active member of the community. She is a chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago, a member of the board of The Executives’ Club of Chicago and a director of World Business Chicago.

Ms. Gordon is married with two adult children.

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