Executive of the Year Award

Recognizing an executive who's committed to the creation, promotion and protection of intellectual property.

Executive of the Year
Ivan Fong, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Policy Officer and Secretary, 3M Innovative Properties Co. 

IPO Education Foundation presents the 2021 Executive of the Year award to Ivan Fong for his commitment to the creation, promotion, and protection of intellectual property.

Ivan Fong is 3M’s Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Policy Officer and Secretary. An engineer-turned-attorney, Ivan appreciates being able to bring a diverse background to a company like 3M. He has worked at 3M for more than seven years and leads the company’s more than 550 Legal Affairs employees, including the government affairs, compliance, security and data teams. Before joining 3M in 2012, Ivan was general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he advised senior national security officials and led 1,800 lawyers. He has also served as chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health Inc., where he was named one of the “Twenty Most Influential General Counsel” by the National Law Journal.

Ivan Fong will be honored during the Virtual Awards Celebration December 7-9.

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Ken Frazier, CEO Merck & Co. Inc. 

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Charles Dadswell, General Counsel at Illumina Inc.