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Episode 015 – James P. Zallie, President & CEO, Ingredion

On this episode of The Executives’ Exchange, James P. Zallie, Ingredion’s President & CEO, recounts his childhood experience of working in his family’s grocery store and reflects on how a library book inspired his successful career in food manufacturing. Jim shares the challenges and opportunities of building a career in one company over 27 years and what it means to embrace the highest leadership role.

00:20 – Early upbringing in a working-class immigrant family
3:14 – The book that inspired a career in food technology
6:11 – 27 years at one company—the challenges, opportunities, and great mentors.
8:26 – Raising your hand to responsibility & remaining open to opportunities
13:58 – Jim provides insight into the success of the 2010 National Starch and Corn Products merger.
16:00 – Lessons on leadership & the three responsibilities of CEOs
22:00 – Jim discusses Ingredion’s increased communication & the establishment of the pandemic response office.
26:30 – Launching & leaning into the company’s purpose
29:19 – Jim reflects on the best part of being CEO & the leap to leading a larger company.
34:49 – Successful leadership & avoiding complacency
36:55 – Rapid fire questions

Episode Link: Ingredion

Host: Margaret Mueller, CEO & President, The Executives’ Club of Chicago
Producer: Eva Penar, Chief Content & Communications Officer, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

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