Former Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion Incorporated
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Ilene Gordon joined Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), formerly Corn Products International, in May 2009 as chairman, president and chief executive officer. A FORTUNE 500 company, Ingredion reached $6.2 billion revenue in 2011 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.
Ms. Gordon serves on the board of directors of International Paper and Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. She is also a director of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is 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 United Stationers, Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation, and Zenith Electronics. And for the second consecutive year, 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 chairman of The Executives’ Club of Chicago and a member of the board of The Economic Club of Chicago. She is also a member of the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and is an active member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Women’s Network, and the Committee of 200.
Ms. Gordon is married, with two adult children.