Executive Leadership Team

Biography PhotoIlene S. Gordon
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Biography PhotoIlene S. Gordon
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer


Ilene Gordon is chairman, president, and chief executive officer. Prior to this, she served as CEO of Alcan Packaging, a $6.5 billion global packaging business with 130 factories and 30,000 employees in 30 countries, serving customers in the food, beauty, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. Alcan acquired Pechiney in 2003 and prior to the acquisition; Gordon was Pechiney’s senior vice president and president of plastic packaging. Previously she spent 17 years in executive roles at the Pa... 

Biography PhotoChristine M. Castellano
Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Biography PhotoChristine M. Castellano
Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer


Christine M. Castellano is senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer. Before assuming this position, she was vice president international law and deputy general counsel. Castellano joined the Company in 1996 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the legal department. Previously, she was a partner in the litigation department of McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago. Castellano holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science... 

Biography PhotoRicardo de Abreu Souza
Senior Vice President and President, South America Ingredient Solutions
Biography PhotoRicardo de Abreu Souza
Senior Vice President and President, South America Ingredient Solutions


Currently serving as senior vice president and president, South America ingredient solutions, Ricardo de Abreu Souza joined the company in 1977 and has held several positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations, commercial and business areas in Brazil, the U.S. and Mexico. From 2010 through 2013 he served as president and general director, Mexico. Ricardo has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MacKenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil, and a master’s degree i... 

Biography PhotoAnthony Delio
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Biography PhotoAnthony Delio
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer


Tony Delio is senior vice president and chief innovation officer. He was previously divisional vice president and general manager, North America at National Starch. Prior to joining the company, he held senior corporate and business unit positions in general management, research and development, marketing, and external and government relations with ADM, Mars Inc., and Nestle. Mr. Delio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Biography PhotoJack C. Fortnum
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Biography PhotoJack C. Fortnum
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Jack C. Fortnum is executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to assuming this position he served as executive vice president and president, North America. He has also served as president U.S./Canadian region, president U.S. business, corporate controller and various positions of increasing importance, including vice president of finance for the Canadian Corn Refining Business and director of finance and planning for the Latin American Corn Refining Business. Prior to joini... 

Biography PhotoDiane J. Frisch
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Biography PhotoDiane J. Frisch
Senior Vice President, Human Resources


Ms. Frisch joined Ingredion Incorporated as vice president, human resources, in 2010. Previously, she served as vice president of human resources and communications for the Food Americas and global pharmaceutical packaging businesses of Alcan Packaging, a specialty packaging company serving the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, beauty and tobacco markets.

Prior to joining Alcan Packaging, Ms. Frisch served as vice president of human resources for the flexible packaging bu... 

Biography PhotoJorgen Kokke
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific
Biography PhotoJorgen Kokke
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific


Based in Singapore, Jorgen Kokke is senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific. Before assuming this position in January of 2014, Mr. Kokke served as vice president and general manager, Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in Hamburg, Germany. He also held the role of chairman of Rafhan Maize Products Co, a leading corn processor in Pakistan, between 2011 and 2014. Prior to joining the company in 2009, he served as vice president at CSM NV, a global food ingredients supplier, where... 
Biography PhotoRobert Stefansic
Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence, Sustainability and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Biography PhotoRobert Stefansic
Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence, Sustainability and Chief Supply Chain Officer


Bob Stefansic is senior vice president, operational excellence, sustainability and chief supply chain officer. He previously held the positions of senior vice president, operational excellence and environmental, health, safety & sustainability and vice president, global operations with National Starch. Prior to joining National Starch, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Honeywell, General Chemical Corporation and Valspar. Mr. Stefansic earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical e... 

Biography PhotoJames P. Zallie
Executive Vice President, Global Specialties
and President, North America and EMEA
Biography PhotoJames P. Zallie
Executive Vice President, Global Specialties
and President, North America and EMEA


Mr. Zallie is executive vice president, global specialties and president, North America and EMEA. Before assuming this position he served as executive vice president, global specialties and president, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of National Starch, where he worked for more than 27 years in various positions of increasing responsibility, first in technical, then marketing and then international business management. He holds master’s degrees... 

Other Officers

Matthew R. Galvanoni
Richard O’Shanna
C. Kevin Wilson