2007 Medal

Procter & Gamble Senior Executive Receives 2007 National IRI Medal

Senior VP Named for Oral Health, Fabric and Home Care R&D Innovations with Global Impact


Rancho Mirage, CA - For his role in improving oral health, laundry and home care for millions of consumers worldwide, Nabil Y. Sakkab, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Corporate Research and Development, and a member of the Leadership Council of Procter & Gamble, has been awarded the national Industrial Research Institute (IRI) Medal. IRI represents senior executives from a wide range of industries whose member companies invest more than $70 billion annually in R&D worldwide. The honor will be presented May 8 during IRI's Annual Meeting, Rancho Mirage, California, May 6-9.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Sakkab for being an exemplary role model for the next generation of leaders in industrial research,” said Edward Bernstein, President, IRI.

Established in 1946, the IRI Medal recognizes and honors leaders of technology for their outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation that contribute broadly to the development of industry and to the benefit of society.

Leading R&D innovation in three continents (North America, Europe, and Asia), Dr. Sakkab pioneered the creation of one of the top multinational research laboratories in China, with parallel accomplishments in business results and strengthened organizational capability in the United States, Europe, and Japan. In addition, his efforts dramatically increased the productivity of R&D by creating a new model of innovation now being re-applied by others worldwide.

“I am humbled by this great honor,” said Dr. Sakkab. “I hope that my efforts serve as a foundation for all industrial research scientists around the globe for generations to come.”

Dr. Sakkab assumed his current responsibilities in 2005, after a nine-year assignment as Senior VP, R&D Fabric & Home Care. Before that, he had an assignment in Kobe, Japan, managing P&G's Asia R&D effort, and laying the foundation for P&G's Chinese Technical Center in Beijing. This followed several P&G R&D assignments in Brussels and Cincinnati on a variety of businesses, including OTC Health Care and Household Products. Dr. Sakkab joined P&G in Cincinnati in 1974.

The author of several scientific and innovation management publications and a co-inventor on several patents, Dr. Sakkab served on the IRI Board from 2000 to 2004. Currently, he is a member of the Board of CEFIC, CEFIC Research & Science Board, Greenearth Company, and Advisory Professor Tsinghua University in Beijing.

A 1970 graduate of the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, Dr. Sakkab has a doctorate in Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology (1973), and conducted post doctorate studies at Texas A&M.

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About the Industrial Research Institute
The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is the foremost business association of leaders in research and development (R&D) working together to enhance the effectiveness of technological innovation in industry. Founded in 1938 through the National Research Council, the IRI comprises senior executives from a diverse range of industries whose member companies are investing over $70 billion annually in R&D worldwide. The IRI is the leading cross-industry organization providing the R&D community with insights, solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation.