Wednesday, December 9, 2009

P&G Executive Joins Union's Board of Trustees


CINCINNATI, OH – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university that offers a different approach to adult education through flexible, individualized, and socially relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs, today announced the appointment of Procter & Gamble executive Dr. Shekhar Mitra to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. Mitra is a member of P&G’s top executive team, the Global Leadership Council, and helped forge important partnerships with several countries and with leading institutions. He was on-ground in China for the start of P&G’s global technical center in Beijing, and in India for the strategic partnership with Government of India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

“Dr. Mitra’s effective and creative leadership has played a pivotal role in P&G’s global innovation programs,” said UI&U President, Dr. Roger H. Sublett. “We are honored that he has chosen to share his experience in innovation and leadership as a member of Union’s board.”

Mitra joined P&G in 1984 as a life scientist and moved up the leadership ranks to Senior Vice President of Global R&D. His contributions include leading the creation and development of technology platforms and innovation strategies that have resulted in well-known consumer products including Crest Whitestrips, Olay Regenerist, ProX, and Prilosec.

Mitra has been awarded 25 patents to date in various fields and today he is an invited speaker on topics ranging from innovation approaches to organization development. His passion lies in enabling younger generation of professionals across all cultures, companies, and businesses to achieve their full potential in the field of science and engineering. Consistent with this, he is the founder and President of the first North American Society for Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE).

In his new role as a trustee of Union Institute & University, Mitra joins 14 national and local trustees including Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Dr. Dick Aft, and Tom Gilman, all of Cincinnati.

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