Betsy D. Holden T'77

Betsy Holden

Betsy Holden is a former Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company, where she led strategy, marketing, innovation and board effectiveness initiatives for consumer, healthcare, financial services and B2B companies. She retired on December 31, 2020. She has 35 years of marketing and general management experience and was formerly Co-CEO of Kraft Foods and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. In addition to her CEO role at Kraft, Betsy held the positions of President, Global Marketing and Category Development; Executive Vice President of Operations, R&D, IT; plus multiple division president and line management roles. 

Ms. Holden graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a B.A. in education. She earned a M.A. in education from Northwestern University and a M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where she was named valedictorian.

Ms. Holden has served on nine corporate boards over the last 20 years including Diageo PLC, Catamaran RX, and Time, Inc.. She currently serves on the boards of Western Union, Dentsply Sirona, National Retail Properties, and Clif Bar & Company. Ms. Holden serves on the Food Chain Advisory Board and on three portfolio company boards for Paine Schwartz Partners, a boutique private equity firm. She serves on the Kellogg School of Management Executive and Global Advisory Boards; as President of the Board of the Off the Street Club; and on the Boards of the Chicago High School for the Arts Foundation, and Ravinia Music Festival. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Network.  

Ms. Holden and her husband, Arthur Holden, have two children: Andrew T'11 and Julie T'13. 

Ms. Holden was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2011 and currently serves as chair of the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee. She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee and Audit and Compliance Committee. Ms. Holden was a member of the Trinity Board of Visitors from 2003-2011, and served as its chair in 2009-2011.

September 2021