Photo of Kathy Fish with some Proctor & Gamble products in the background
Kathy Fish is the recipient of the 2019 Red Cedar Circle Award in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.

BS 1979, Chemical Engineering

Kathy Fish is Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer for Proctor & Gamble.

She is responsible for leading 6,700 global Research and Development (R&D) employees and managing $1.9 billion in annual R&D investments. She is a member of P&G’s Global Leadership Council, a key advisor to the CEO, and liaison to the board of director’s Innovation and Technology Committee.

She has been with P&G in various global and regional leadership roles in R&D across the company’s largest businesses (including fabric care, baby care, hair care).

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, she grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and came to Michigan State in 1975. She recalls arriving at MSU with a love for math and science, but uncertain about her path for the future. Networking with the faculty and her classmates led her to Chemical Engineering, which became the foundation for a rich career at Proctor & Gamble. While at MSU, she also swam competitively on the Spartan Swimming and Diving Team.

In 2014, Fish was elected P&G’s first female chief technology officer. The title was changed in 2017, to be more reflective of her R&D role. She is responsible for shaping, growing, and transforming product categories with superior innovation that is noticeably better than key competition.

Fish is the P&G sponsor for the company’s relationships with both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, and serves on the UM College of Engineering Leadership Advisory Board. She is also a member of Innovating 50, a community for executives leading global innovation & technology platforms. She is on the board of Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios, and is a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society.

Outside of work, Kathy loves most sports, Pilates, music and enjoys the beach with her family.