Biography PhotoJames P. Zallie
President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director
James P. Zallie
President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director


James P. (Jim) Zallie was appointed president and CEO of Ingredion in January 2018 and elected to the Board of Directors in September 2017. He previously served as executive vice president, global specialties and president of the Americas.

Zallie joined Ingredion in 2010 when the Company acquired National Starch LLC, a $1.2 billion leader in specialty starches.  During his tenure, Zallie was instrumental to the successful execution of Ingredion’s Strategic Blueprint for Gro... 

Biography PhotoJorgen Kokke
Executive Vice President, Global Specialties, and President, North America
Jorgen Kokke
Executive Vice President, Global Specialties, and President, North America


Jorgen Kokke is executive vice president, global specialties, and president, North America. He is responsible for leading the $3.5 billion North American business, overseeing all operational and strategic management decisions. Additionally, Mr. Kokke leads the global specialties focus for the company. He previously was senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific and EMEA, from 2016-2017 and served as senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific from 2014-2016.

Biography PhotoValdirene Bastos-Licht
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific
Valdirene Bastos-Licht
Senior Vice President and President, Asia-Pacific


Valdirene Bastos-Licht is senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific. Ms. Bastos Licht is responsible for the financial and operational performance in Asia-Pacific and leading the development and execution of the region’s business strategy.

Prior to Ingredion, Ms. Bastos Licht was senior vice president, Asia-Pacific of Solvay’s Euro Novecare operation, a €600 million business which provides chemicals for home and personal care, agriculture, coatings, oil and gas, and indu... 
Biography PhotoAnthony DeLio
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer
Anthony DeLio
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer


Anthony DeLio is senior vice president, corporate strategy and chief innovation officer. Mr. DeLio is responsible for developing the company’s strategy, identifying growth opportunities and pursuing partnerships and acquisition opportunities, in addition to his global research and development and innovation responsibilities. Prior to his current role, he was senior vice president and chief innovation officer.

Previously, Mr. DeLio was divisional vice president and general mana... 

Biography PhotoPierre Perez Y Landazuri
Senior Vice President and President, EMEA
Pierre Perez Y Landazuri
Senior Vice President and President, EMEA


Pierre Perez Y Landazuri is senior vice president and president, EMEA. He previously was vice president and general manager, EMEA.

Prior to joining Ingredion in April 2016, he served as vice president and general manager of CP Kelco, a producer of hydrocolloids. Additionally, he held positions with Hercules, BASF, and Rohm and Haas.

Mr. Perez Y Landazuri earned a master’s degree in chemical process engineering from ENSCP Graduate School of Chemistry (now Chimie Pari... 
Biography PhotoRobert Stefansic
Senior Vice President, Operating Excellence, Sustainability, Information Technology and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Robert Stefansic
Senior Vice President, Operating Excellence, Sustainability, Information Technology and Chief Supply Chain Officer


Bob Stefansic is senior vice president, operating excellence, sustainability, information technology 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 d... 
Biography PhotoJames D. Gray
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
James D. Gray
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


James D. Gray is executive vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Mr. Gray served as vice president, corporate finance and planning, and vice president, finance, North America. Before joining Ingredion, Mr. Gray was employed by PepsiCo, Inc. serving as: chief financial officer, Gatorade division; vice president finance, PepsiCo, Inc.; and vice president finance, PepsiCo Beverages North America.

Mr. Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ... 

Biography PhotoElizabeth Adefioye
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Elizabeth Adefioye
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Elizabeth Adefioye is senior vice president and chief human resources (HR) officer. Ms. Adefioye is responsible for the Company’s enterprise-wide people strategy and human resources functions.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Adefioye was vice president HR North America and global specialties, a position she held since joining Ingredion in 2016.

Previously, Ms. Adefioye was vice president, HR at various divisions of Johnson & Johnson and also worked for other FORTU... 
Biography PhotoChristine M. Castellano
Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Christine 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. Since Ms. Castellano joined the company she 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. Ms. Castellano holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science ... 
Biography PhotoLarry Fernandes
Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Larry Fernandes
Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer


Larry Fernandes is senior vice president and chief commercial officer. He has executive oversight for Ingredion’s global key account program and corporate marketing function. Additionally, Mr. Fernandes drives the customer- experience initiative globally. He previously was president and general director, Mexico.

Mr. Fernandes joined Ingredion in 1990 as a technical sales representative in Canada and has held several positions of increasing responsibility in sales and commercial... 
Biography PhotoErnesto Peres Pousada Jr.
Senior Vice President and President, South America
Ernesto Peres Pousada Jr.
Senior Vice President and President, South America


Ernesto Peres Pousada Jr. is senior vice president and president, South America, a position he has held since joining the Company in 2016. Previously, he was chief operating officer at Suzano Papel e Celulose, a paper and pulp company based in Brazil. Mr. Pousada also held various positions with Dow Chemical. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Instituto Maua de Technologia in Brazil and a specialization in business administration from Fundacao Instituto de Administracao ... 

Other Officers

Ilene S. Gordon
Executive Chairman
Stephen K. Latreille
Vice President and Corporate Controller
Richard O’Shanna
Vice President, Tax
C. Kevin Wilson
Vice President and Corporate Treasurer