Retired Chairman, President and CEO
Ilene Gordon is retired chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated. Currently she is presiding director of International Paper and a director of Lockheed Martin.
From 2009 through 2017, Gordon was chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion, and executive chairman January through July 2018. Ingredion is a leading global producer of nature-based ingredient solutions for food, beverage, brewing and industrial customers around the world.
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. Previously, Gordon served in executive roles of increasing responsibility at the Packaging Corporation of America, a division of Tenneco Inc.; Signode, a leading global packaging company specialized in materials handling; and at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international management consulting firm, as a strategy consultant, based in the Boston, London and Chicago offices.
Gordon holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a master of science degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
In the past, Gordon was the first female director of five different public companies: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers Inc., Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics.
She is a vice chair of the board of trustees of The Conference Board; a member of the MIT Corporation board of trustees; and on the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago. Additionally, she received the Committee for Economic Development Leadership in Diversity Award in 2016; the National Association of Corporate Directors 2013 Director of the Year award; and in 2018 the Executive Leader Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.