Kraft Foods Names Kim Rucker EVP for Future North American Grocery Company
07/19/2012 – Northfield, Ill. (PRNewswire) – Kraft Foods (NASDAQ: KFT) announced today that Kim Rucker will become Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, Kraft Foods North America in late August. Rucker joins the company from Avon Products, Inc. where she serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. She will join Vernon's Management Team and lead the legal, corporate governance and corporate affairs functions. Upon launch of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. later this year, Rucker will become Executive Vice President, Corporate & Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Rucker will report to North America President and future CEO Tony Vernon.
"Kim's extensive experience providing strong strategic and legal counsel to Boards of Directors, CEOs and executive teams of large public companies will be invaluable as we become a stand-alone entity," said Vernon. "Her broad and deep background in law and corporate governance, plus her knowledge of the CPG sector, make her an important asset to our team. I look forward to working closely with Kim as we become a world-class public company and North America's favorite food and beverage business."
Since 2008, Rucker has led Avon's global legal operation, including corporate governance, compliance, litigation, government affairs and intellectual property. Prior to joining Avon, she was Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer for Energy Future Holdings, formerly TXU Corp. Previously, Rucker was corporate counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and a partner in the Corporate & Securities group at Sidley Austin in Chicago.
"I am extremely delighted and honored to join a world-class executive team and a company embarking on an exciting future," said Rucker. "It's a unique opportunity to help build on Kraft's long-standing leadership in making great foods and beverages for families throughout North America."
A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Rucker holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Iowa. She simultaneously earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
A Chicago native, Rucker and her family will relocate back to the area.
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