Ian graduated from London Guildhall University, a predecessor institution of London Met, with a BA in Business and Marketing in 1975.
In 1976 he started his career at Colgate, where he rapidly progressed through a series of senior marketing and management roles around the world. Ian became Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for operations in North America, Europe, Central Europe, Asia and Africa in 2004.
Ian was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Colgate operations worldwide in 2005. He was then elected President and Chief Executive Officer in 2007, elected director in 2007 and Chairman in 2009.
Ian has been a long-time champion of Colgate’s global oral health improvement initiatives. Through the ‘Bright Smiles, Bright Futures’ oral health program, Colgate has reached more than 800 million children in over 80 countries and in 30 languages with oral health education programs recognised by dental health agencies around the world.