Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion
Ilene Gordon joined Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) in May 2009 as chairman, president and chief executive officer. A FORTUNE 500 company, Ingredion reached $6.5 billion revenue in 2012 and has more than 11,000 employees. The Company produces nature-based ingredient solutions for food, beverage, brewing and industrial customers around the world.
Ms. Gordon joined Ingredion from Rio Tinto Alcan where as president and CEO 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, which today is a part of Illinois Tool Works. 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 serves on the board of directors of International Paper. She is also a director of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and World Business Chicago (a nonprofit economic development organization), a member of the board of trustees of The Conference Board and a member of the Business Council.
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 received the National Association of 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 member of the board of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is also a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network and the Committee of 200.