Chief Research, Development & Innovation Officer — Procter & Gamble
Kathy Fish is the Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer at the Procter & Gamble Company, leading the Company’s innovation program and strategy; its nearly $2 billion annual investment in R&D; and over 6,900 global R&D employees. Kathy is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council and liaison to the Board of Director’s Innovation and Technology Committee.
Elected into her role in February 1, 2014, Kathy brings over 39 years of global and regional innovation leadership to her role. She is leading the R&D organization to accelerate growth through innovation in the categories in which we compete with irresistibly superior products and packages and by defining new growth opportunities. She is also transforming the way P&G innovates, investing in the capabilities and technologies needed to deliver discontinuous innovation that enables the long-term growth of the business.
Kathy joined P&G in Product Development (R&D). She has a strong track record of breakthrough innovation across P&G’s largest businesses (Fabric Care, Baby Care, Hair Care). Most recently, she led the Global Fabric Care R&D organization that identified the consumer need, completed the development of the products and platforms and launched Tide and Ariel Pods and Downy/Lenor Unstopables in-wash scent booster.
As the first female in her role and passionate about the importance of diversity to innovation, Kathy fosters an inclusive environment where women can excel in technical disciplines. Kathy is also an executive sponsor of P&G’s Asian Pacific Americans affinity group.
Kathy was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Cincinnati and have two adult children.