Arleen Ashjian is the CEO and Founder of Ashjian Innovation LLC in Boston, MA where she leads projects, creates innovation portfolios and designs and executes operational strategy and advises, consults and builds business processes for clients from early stage to mature companies and organizations. From 2010-2018, she was the Global Director R&D Portfolio Management at International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) for technology innovation programs and external strategic partnerships. Previously, she headed up a newly created Program Management function. She also managed the Research Perfumery group which partnered with perfumers and chemists to discover, select, and commercialize new ingredients for fine fragrances and consumer product applications. She developed and executed a global strategic partnership process as well as a new product development process resulting in an expanded innovation pipeline.
Arleen served as Director Corporate Quality for Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. from 2007-2010 and was previously the Director of Business Process Management at The Gillette Company, now Procter & Gamble. In these roles, Arleen transformed key strategic processes, streamlined operations and expanded organizational capabilities for increased value. Leading the global quality function for all products at Ocean Spray, she covered eight plants, international subcontractors, and 700 growers. As Director of Business Process Management at Gillette, Arleen led the design and implementation of a stage gated new product development process and facilitated its adaptation across five business units. In her many operational and manufacturing leadership roles, Arleen implemented new product and equipment innovations, and numerous automated systems, process improvements, and cost reductions; she built teams, improved methods and developed and implemented a global cost reduction management process across eleven manufacturing plants.
Arleen has an M.B.A. and a Master of Engineering from Boston University and a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Western New England College. She is a member of the American Society for Quality and the Product Development and Management Association, Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce and has a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is also a volunteer mentor for Dress for Success in Boston.