With nearly 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Irene Rosenfeld, drives business results by understanding consumer needs, constant innovation and the development of truly delicious food.
Irene came home from Kraft Foods in June 2006 as CEO and became chairman in March 2007. Since then, Irene has changed the face, footprint and the scenario of Kraft Foods. She has managed to reposition the company to deliver consistently high level of growth, the revitalization of iconic brands, the transformation of the portfolio and strengthening the company's presence in fast growing markets in developing countries. The 2011 decision to create two independent public companies - a high margin grocery business in North America and a high growth business of Global Snacks - is the next interesting step in the evolution of the company.
Irene began her career in consumer research, then sticks together with General Foods, and later became part of Kraft Foods. Irene Rosenfeld led the recovery and restructuring of the key business in the United States, Mexico and Canada. She was part of the team that led the company's IPO in 2001, and profitably integrated the LU, Nabisco and Cadbury business.
Irene took a brief break from Kraft Foods in 2004, serving for two years as President and CEO of Frito-Lay. Once there, she accelerated the growth in better-for-you products and the health and welfare of tenders. Fortune recently ranked Irene No. 1 in its "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list for 2011, and has appointed Irene Forbes as one of the world's "100 Most Powerful Women" for several years.
Irene holds a Master of Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and Bachelor of Psychology from Cornell University. She is active in a number of industry organizations and the community, including the Economic Club of Chicago.