Former Co-CEO of Kraft Foods; Current Board Member of Lyons Magnus
Betsy D. Holden is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company leading strategy, marketing, and board effectiveness initiatives for consumer, healthcare, financial services and B2B companies. Betsy was formerly Co-CEO of Kraft Foods and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. At the time, Kraft Foods was the largest food company in North America and the second largest in the world.
She has 35 years of experience in consumer goods with expertise in general management, marketing, cost management, acquisitions, and global expansion. In addition to her CEO role at Kraft, Betsy also held the positions of President, Global Marketing and Category Development; Executive Vice President with responsibility for Operations, IT, Procurement, R&D, and Consumer Insights and Communications; President of the Kraft Cheese Division; President of the Pizza Division; plus multiple line brand management assignments. Betsy introduced new products that have generated over $2 billion in revenue.
Ms. Holden graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. from Duke University. Holden received a Masters of Management in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern’s J. L. Kellogg School of Management. She has been named one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women multiple times and was inducted into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ms. Holden has served on 9 corporate boards over the last 20 years including Kraft Foods, Diageo, PLC, CatamaranRX, and Time Inc. She currently serves on the boards of Western Union, Dentsply Sirona, and National Retail Properties. She was named a 2015 NACD Directorship 100 honoree. Betsy serves on the Executive Committee of Duke University’s Board of Trustees and the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board. Betsy is President of the Board of the Off the Street Club, and serves on the boards of Ravinia Music Festival and Chicago High School for the Arts.
1. Betsy Holden is not a member of Paine Schwartz Partners.