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Biography: Irene B. Rosenfeld

Episode 509
Making Lives Better Through Innovation

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Irene B. Rosenfeld
Chairman & CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc.

Irene B. Rosenfeld, 53, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods in June 2006. She assumed the additional post of Chairman in April 2007, following Altria Group's spin-off of Kraft. Previously, she had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Prior to that, she served as President, Kraft Foods North America, in 2003.

Rosenfeld is a food industry veteran. She began her career with General Foods in 1981 as Associate Market Research Manager. She spent more than 20 years with Kraft. During that time, she advanced in a variety of leadership roles, spanning numerous Kraft businesses in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Early in her career, she served as Associate Product Manager on Country Time Lemonade. From there, she moved through successively more responsible positions, driving innovation. In 1991 she was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Beverages Division. Three years later, Rosenfeld was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Desserts & Snacks Division.

In 1996, she became President of Kraft Canada, that nation's largest packaged food company. In 2000, in addition to her responsibilities in Canada, she was named Group Vice President, Kraft Foods, and President of Operations, Technology and Procurement. In February 2001, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Information Systems were added to her responsibilities.

Among her many accomplishments at Kraft, she led the highly successfull integration of the Nabisco acquisition. In addition, Irene has led the restructuring and turnaround of a number of key businesses. Irene also served on the senior team that led Kraft's Initial Public Offering in 2001.

Irene was elected to the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She is past Chair of the Industry Affairs Council for Grocery Manufacturers of America and Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada. She currently serves on the boards of AutoNation Inc. and Cornell University.

April 2007

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