Irene Rosenfeld, born on 3 May 1953 in New York, USA, is a chief executive officer of international food and beverage corporation Mondelez International.
Irene Rosenfeld graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor degree in Arts and Psychology from the University of Cornell. In 1977, she obtained a Master degree in Business Administration and three years later, a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics.
Irene Rosenfeld began her career as Associate Product Manager at Country Time, a soft drink producer that was a part of General Foods Group (later renamed into Kraft General Foods Group). In 1981, she was appointed as Associate Director of Market Research. During more than 20 years with Kraft Group, Irene Rosenfeld occupied various positions in different affiliates of the Group in Canada, USA and Mexico. In 1991, Irene Rosenfeld was promoted to the position of General Director of Beverages Division. About three years later, she was appointed as an executive Vice-President and General Director of Desserts and Snacks Division.
In 1996, Irene Rosenfeld became a president of Kraft Canada, the country’s largest Food and Beverages Company. In 2000, in addition to her responsibilities in Canada, she was promoted to the position of Vice-President of the Kraft Foods Group and to a position of Director for Technology and Market department.
In 2004, Irene Rosenfeld left the group and joined the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo group as a General Director. On 26 June 2006, she returned back to Kraft Group to become its Chief Executive Officer. Irene Rosenfeld is also a member of the board of directors in Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay and AutoNation.
Together with Meg Whitman from Ebay and Indra Nooyi from PepsiCo, Irene Rosenfeld is the one of three women heading America’s 100 top corporations. In 2012, Irene Rosenfeld was ranked by Forbes as 13th most influential woman in the world.