Betsy Holden

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Betsy DeHaas Holden (born October 19, 1955) is an American businesswoman and corporate director of the Tribune Company. Holden is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees.[1]

From 2001 to 2004, Holden served as co-CEO of Kraft Foods.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Holden was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] Her father was an obstetrician and her mother was a former accountant.[citation needed]

Holden received her B.A. from Duke University in 1977, and an M.Ed and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1978 & 1982.[4]


Holden began her career as an Assistant Product Manager in the desserts division of General Foods Corporation.[citation needed] In 1998, Holden was named Executive Vice President of Kraft Foods. In 2000, she was named President and CEO of Kraft Foods North America, and then in 2001 became co-CEO of Kraft Foods. In 2004, Holden was named President of Global Marketing and Category Development. She resigned from Kraft Foods Inc in 2005.[5][6]